Friedkin Considering “True Detective” Gig?

One of several ways that HBO’s first season of its anthology series “True Detective” was unique was that all eight episodes were not only written by one man, Nic Pizzolatto, but also all directed by one – Cary Fukunaga.

While Pizzolatto is back behind the keyboard for the second season, Fukunaga is moving on and it is expected that multiple directors will be employed to helm episodes of the new season due to the tighter turnaround time. Various names have been suggested, but no-one has been confirmed as yet.

Appearing at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, “The Exorcist” and “The French Connection” director William Friedkin spoke with The Playlist about the filmmaker’s admiration of long-form television and his future plans to get into the format with shows based on his films “To Live and Die in LA” and “Killer Joe”.

During the talk, they asked Friedkin about “True Detective” and whether he’d consider directing some episodes of the show: He says:

“I am considering it. 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.”

If Friedkin does hop onboard, it begs the question – which other filmmakers of a similar calibre has Pizzolatto been talking to?