Cary Fukunaga Not Directing ‘True Detective’ Season Two, Preps New Film at Fox

By February 25, 2014
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Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story indicated that Fukunaga had sold a new TV series to Fox, not a feature film. We apologize and regret the error.

Right now, everyone is obsessed with HBO’s stark new series “True Detective,” but fans might be disappointed to hear that one of the most integral parts of this freshman season will not be back for a second season.

Deadline has word that director Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre, Sin Nombre) will not direct any of the episodes in the planned second season from series writer, creator, and showrunner Nic Pizzolatto. However, Fukunaga will still act as an executive producer.

And while Fukunaga has a new film called Beasts of No Nation with Idris Elba in the works as his next project, he also has a new big screen attempt in the works. The filmmaker just sold a pitch to Fox for an untitled film that is set in a contemporary war setting. Nicole Riegel will script the show, fresh off having her screenplay Dogfight hit the Black List last year. Riegel shares a similar career path to Fukunaga, since they both went through the Sundance Labs program.

Fukunaga will produce and direct this new film venture, but we must admit it’s a bit of a bummer that he won’t be back to direct future episodes of the stellar HBO show when it inevitably returns for its second season. We hope “True Detective” can find someone who can keep the spirit of the show intact, and we’ll be keeping our ears open for any more info about what Pizzolatto’s plans are for the second season in the anthology series.

Be sure to stay caught up on our “True Detective” recaps since there are just two episodes left.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.
  • I had a feeling. Not sure it’s going to work the same way in Season 2 with having one writer and director for the whole thing.