There’s bitterness, and then there’s whatever unprofessional nonsense Nic Pizzolatto is up to these days. After Reddit took notice of the former “True Detective” creator agreeing with some particularly negative comments directed at “Night Country” on Instagram, it felt inevitable that Issa López would eventually be asked about the unfolding awkwardness. In a recent interview, Vulture did exactly that and, frankly, the writer/director’s thoughts couldn’t possibly feel more dignified compared to Pizzolatto’s sour grapes. According to López:
“I believe that every storyteller has a very specific, peculiar, and unique relation to the stories they create, and whatever his reactions are, he’s entitled to them. That’s his prerogative. I wrote this with profound love for the work he made and love for the people that loved it. And it is a reinvention, and it is different, and it’s done with the idea of sitting down around the fire, and [let’s] have some fun and have some feelings and have some thoughts. And anybody that wants to join is welcome.”
Hear, hear! Despite the internet’s best efforts to turn “True Detective: Night Country” into the next battleground of a culture war, López chose to simply let the work — and the almost universal praise for it — speak for itself. While she remains booked and busy (López has the buzzy-sounding original “The Girl with a Thousand Names” next on her docket), Pizzolatto has been associated with yet another “Magnificent Seven” reboot, salvaging Marvel’s troubled “Blade” series, and racking up some seriously bizarre “likes” on X (formerly known as Twitter). That also speaks for itself, I’d say.
“True Detective: Night Country” is currently available to stream on Max.