True Detective Season 3 Still TBD as HBO Inks Overall Deal With Series Creator Nic Pizzolatto

True Detective Season 3

The jury is still out on True Detective Season 3, but the verdict is in on the show’s creator, Nic Pizzolatto.

The auteur has inked an exclusive overall deal with HBO through 2018 that calls for him to develop “a number of new projects,” including — possibly — a third season of True Detective.

“I am thrilled to continue our relationship with Nic, as he is one of the most exceptionally talented writers and producers working today,” said HBO president Michael Lombardo in a statement. “I look forward to seeing where his unique creative vision will take us next.”

The new Pizzolatto pact arrives in the wake of True Detective‘s critically drubbed second season starring Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams and Colin Farrell. Despite the poor reception, the crime anthology held up well ratings-wise, averaging 11 million cumulative viewers (versus Season 1’s 12 million).