Nic Pizzolatto & HBO Refute ‘True Detective’ Plagiarism Claims

At the beginning of this week, with Emmy voting campaign in full swing, a story surfaced online that posed the question whether True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto, a nominee for writing the episode “The Secret Fate of All Life,” plagiarized horror writer Thomas Ligotti. The story listed numerous side-by-side comparisons of works by Ligotti and lines by Matthew McConaughey’s True Detective character Rust Cohle, who shares dark philosophy views true-detectivewith a number of others thinkers, including Ligotti. There are many similar ideas and even a couple of lines that sound pretty close –“Nowhere to go, no one to see, nothing to do, nothing to be” (Cohle), “There would be nothing to do, nowhere to go, nothing to be, and no one to know” (Ligotti) — but no real smoking gun of chunks of original material lifted. Still, Pizzolatto and HBO are not taking the accusations lightly, responding today with firm statements to Deadline that vehemently deny any plagiarism. Here they are: (more…)

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