True Detective: New season 3 details revealed
The third season of True Detective has been greenlit, with HBO announcing indie filmmaker Jeremy Saulnier as its new director.
The network giant has finally put rumours to rest, revealing details of what is now the most anticipated show of 2018.
According to Deadline, Saulnier will pick up where Cary Joji Fukunaga left off – leaving behind the troubled second season, when six different directors shared eight episodes.
By all accounts, this is great news.
First, because both HBO and creator Nic Pizzolatto realised they made a mistake with season two.
Second, because Saulnier is one of the most promising – and overlooked – young directors working today.
You might not have heard of him, but the 41-year-old filmmaker was the belle of the ball at Cannes’ Directors Fortnight in 2013 and 2015.
His second feature film Blue Ruin won the FIPRESCI Prize on the French Riviera, meaning it got the vote of the International Federation of Film Critics.
The crime thriller, all funded with a Kickstarter campaign, also grabbed the attention of the Indie Spirit Awards and launched the career of actor/director Macon Blair, who starred in the film’s main role.
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Blair now has a contract with Netflix and directed a film of his own, the Sundance gem I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore.
The apple does not fall far from the tree, and you can see Saulnier’s influence in Blair’s work.
Saulnier is an aesthetic director, who chooses a single colour in each of his films to share between the title and the cinematography.
After Blue Ruin, he directed Patrick Stewart and the late Anton Yelchin in the violent thriller Green Room. His next film will be titled Hold The Dark, and stars Riley Keough and Alexander Skarsgard.
His passion for crime thrillers and his care for ambience make Saulnier the perfect choice for the gritty, noir feel of True Detective.
The same can be said about Mahershala Ali, the Oscar-winning actor confirmed for the main role.
Ali will play the lead role of Wayne Hays, a state police detective from northwest Arkansas investigating a mystery “that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods”.
“Nic has written truly remarkable scripts,” said HBO president Casey Bloys.
“With his ambitious vision and Mahershala Ali and Jeremy Saulnier aboard, we are excited to embark on the next instalment of True Detective.”
After the swamps and dark marshes of Louisiana and the fume-infested factories of California, this time Pizzolatto has chosen the Ozarks for his next crime.
Although it is a fitting setup for a crime thriller – the timing could not have been worse.
Last month, Netflix released its own crime drama starring Jason Bateman, set in the Ozarks. It is called Ozark.
Unfortunately, that’s not the only thing wrong with the show.
Pizzolatto, whose creative war with Fukunaga cost him the success of season two, has signed up for directing a few episodes of the show.
We fear the worst, given the writer’s apparent inability to discern dialogues which work on paper from those which work on screen.
Luckily, he will have the valuable help of Deadwood creator David Milch, whose contract with HBO got him the opportunity to write one episode of the show.
“I’m tremendously thrilled to be working with artists at the level of Mahershala and Jeremy,” Pizzolatto said.
“I hope the material can do justice to their talents, and we’re all very excited to tell this story.”
We hope so to.