True Detective Season 3 Confirmed, Jeremy Saulnier to Direct with Nic Pizzolatto


A couple of months ago, we started hearing rumblings that HBO was finally ready to put together a third season of True Detective in spite of the poor reception for season 2. At the time, it was rumoured that Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) would likely star in the new season, but we did not know where it would be set or what it might be about. Now this week HBO has officially confirmed that season 3 is indeed moving forward and they have also revealed some basic plot details to go with it. More importantly, however, we now know who will be directing the new season and it happens to be a filmmaker that should get people excited about the show again. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

According to EW, True Detective series creator Nic Pizzolatto is teaming up with Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room, Blue Ruin) to direct episodes of the upcoming third season. Pizzolatto will write all of the scripts with the exception of one episode that he co-wrote with David Milch (Deadwood). The official log line is as follows:

“The next installment of True Detective tells the story of a macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks, and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods.”

Mahershala Ali is confirmed to be playing the lead role of Wayne Hays, a state police detective from Northwest Arkansas. Netflix also had a recent crime series set in the Ozarks (Jason Bateman’s Ozark)… coincidence??? Either way, I am excited to see the show return to a rural setting. The three time periods thing is an interesting twist as well, I just hope it doesn’t overcomplicate things. Saulnier is a great choice to direct and hopefully they don’t add any other directors to the mix… Cary Fukunaga maintained a real consistency of vision for season 1. No word yet on when the new season is expected to premiere. Does this news get you back on board with a new season of True Detective?

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  • Todd S. Gallows

    I’ll give it a chance for Saulnier’s sake. But it was actually Pizzolato’s writing more than the direction that spurred most of the problems. It was heavy with purple dialogue and a dull plot that lead to a gratuitously glum finale.

  • Beat_C

    yeah, saulnier is the attraction for me as well.

  • Jameson

    Hopefully they let Saulnier contribute to the writing process. Pretty sure he wrote Blue Ruin and Green Room.

  • 9No

    Wait, why is Milch only co writing one episode? I thought that he was going to be the co writer of the whole thing? That’s a bummer.