Though it’s been random pictures of acting duos that have dominated the speculation around “True Detective” season two, the question of who will direct the next story from creator Nic Pizzolatto is equally interesting.
What we’ve heard from Pizzolatto suggests that because of a tight production schedule a single director won’t be able to helm every episode, like Cary Fukunaga did for the story of Rust Cohle and Marty Hart. So if we’re looking at a team of filmmakers for season two, does that mean it can still attract the A-list talent everyone is expecting?
Well, it sounds like the answer to that question is “yes,” because William Friedkin, the director of “The Exorcist” and “The French Connection,” has met with Pizzolatto about possibly working on season two.
The Playlist spoke with the Oscar winner at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival — where season one of “True Detective” is screening, coincidentally — and Friedkin shared his admiration for Pizzolatto’s voice and revealed that he’s met with the writer.
“I am considering it,” Friedkin said about season two. “I like [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.”
Friedkin was careful to clarify that he hasn’t committed to anything yet, but we know right now that it’s on the table at the very least.
Considering the production schedule, “True Detective” could take a more traditional approach to find its directors, divvying up episodes among a few men and women. An alternative, which could work considering Friedkin’s interest, would be to turn the season into a directing anthology by signing A-list filmmakers to one episode each and avoiding scheduling conflicts.
There’s still no word on casting, but expect official announcements in the coming months.