True Detective producer Scott Stephens has said he and show creator Nic Pizzolatto will struggle to produce the second series of the show in the time frame that HBO has in mind.

They are currently working on the second season, and Stephens said that they will be under pressure as they had over two years to film and edit the original series.

Stephens explained to Film School Rejects: "We promised, in a fit of madness, that every year would be different. The idea was to fuse cinematic elements into a television programme, to use the episodic format to tell finite stories every year with a beginning, middle and end.

"We hope to attract talent that would normally not do television, because there's no ongoing season-to-season commitment."

He continued: "Now, after the completion of season one, we're left trying to replicate that model, while we do have to get the show back on the air. We had well over two years to get the first season written, developed, into production and on the air."

"We can't sustain that moving forward, because they want a successful show back on the air. We're now scratching our heads, digging deep and trying to develop a compelling story in a timely manner," said Stephens.

The original series of True Detective starred Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. Neither star will feature in season two, although McConaughey recently admitted he would like to return to the show.