David Cronenberg turned down the chance to direct the first episode of True Detectives because the script was 'bad.'

David Cronenberg

David Cronenberg

Cronenberg was just one of the filmmakers that was approached to direct the second series, which saw Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, and Vince Vaughn take over the central roles from Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.

And while Cronenberg did consider the offer that was made to him, he says that directors in television are nothing more that 'a traffic cop.'

Speaking to Indiewire, the filmmaker said: "The heat is in TV. Last year I was approached to direct the first episode of the second season of True Detective, I considered it but I thought that the script was bad, so I didn't do it.

"In TV, the director is just a traffic cop, but on the other hand it is work and there's a lot of it."

And it looks like it was a shrewd move from Cronenberg as the second season of True Detective was not met with the same acclaim as the first

The first season of the show saw only Cary Joji Fukunaga in the director's chair but the second season had a whole host of different directors, including Justin Lin, Janus Metz, and John Crowley.

We haven't seen Cronenberg in the director's chair since the success of Maps to the Stars and you have to go back to Scales of Justice back in the early nineties for when he last worked in television.

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