The first season of "True Detective" was just as much of a showcase for director (and recent Emmy winner) Cary Fukunaga as it was for Matthew McConaughey. That being the case, there's obvious pressure on the second season of the HBO anthology to deliver quality filmmaking in addition A-list talent.
It sounds like the cast for the second season is nearly in place, and now a new report (via The Hollywood Reporter) suggests that HBO is solidifying the other half of the equation as well.
Several outlets are reporting that Justin Lin, the man who ushered in a renaissance for the "Fast & Furious" series, is in early talks to direct two episodes of the second season, which may star Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Taylor Kitsch and Elisabeth Moss.
Though we still don't know much about season two, that last sentence should tell you a few things about the different direction creator Nic Pizzolatto is taking for the new set of episodes is taking. As was previously reported, there will be multiple directors helming episodes this time, as opposed to how Fukunaga directed all eight episodes of the first season. The Hollywood Reporter story mentions conflicting sources, some claiming Lin will direct the first two episode, while others were unclear.
Though Lin is certainly a different choice from Fukunaga, he's an interesting one nonetheless. The previous "True Detective" director quickly made a name for himself with atmospheric art house movies, while Lin used a mastery of action filmmaking to turn "Fast & Furious" into a global blockbuster franchise with its fifth installment.
Could this signal where the series might go for its second tale of murder? Lin, like Fukunaga, may have gotten his start in indie films, but right now he's a certified action director. Bringing a bold director like Lin on board may tease a big scope and possibly more action for the HBO series.
The second season of "True Detective" is expected to hit HBO next summer.