True Detective will definitely return for a third season with an intriguing new story and creative team behind it.
Though no official air date has yet been confirmed, Variety is reporting that the show will come back to HBO despite the disappointing second season starring Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn and Rachel McAdams.
HBO is beefing things up for the third season though with writer and director Nic Pizzolatto set to be ably supported by filmmaker Jeremy Saulnier.
Saulnier has been brought on board to direct several episodes and brings with him an impressive CV of distinctive indie hits that include Blue Ruin and Green Room.
Though cast details have yet to be confirmed Moonlight Oscar winner Mahershala Ali has been confirmed as the main star of the series.
According to Variety, the series will focus on “a macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks, and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods.”
Ali will play state police detective Wayne Hays from Northwest Arkansas.
“Nic has written truly remarkable scripts,” Casey Bloys, HBO’s president of programming, told Variety. “With his ambitious vision and Mahershala Ali and Jeremy Saulnier aboard, we are excited to embark on the next installment of True Detective.”
David Milch, best known for his writing on Deadwood and NYPD Blue, has also contributed to the show this time, as HBO looks to ensure Pizzolatto is better supported this time around.
Though exciting enough, the plans do appear to rule out the idea of Matthew McConaughey returning to the series, despite the actor previously admitting he was open to the prospect.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.