Lost in all the #TrueDetectiveSeason2 casting hubbub is that the show doesn’t have a director. The “heart-attack inducing” Cary Joji Fukunaga was the third best thing about last season (behind only Matthew McConaughey and Alexandra Daddario), but he won’t be back — he’s working on another TV project. So who’s going to take over? According to Indiewire, possibly The French Connection and The Exorcist director William Friedkin, who previously worked with McConaughey in Killer Joe.
“I am considering it.” said Friedkin. “I like this writer [Nic Pizzolatto] very much. I’ve met him, and he’s the real deal as far as I’m concerned. Now, all the new seasons are different so I’m not committed — this new season has nothing to do with the last one. Except for him and his sensibility, which I think is extraordinary…I can’t say much more at this time. But I’m a fan of his writing, even though this will not be a continuation of what was done before with McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. So what you can say is I’m a huge fan of his writing, I’ve met with him, I like him, I like the direction he’s taking with this.” (Via)
Obviously nothing’s set in stone here, but whoever Pizzolatto does pick, I hope he or she is there for every episode. (Friedkin would be a nice choice — he’s a pro at horror that doesn’t rely on cheap scare tactics.) It’s rare for a TV series to stick with a single director, but Fukunaga’s specific vision being there for the entire season was what separated True Detective from visually ugly abominations like this:
Also, True Detective isn’t a garbage show.