‘Fast & Furious’ Director Justin Lin In Talks to Direct ‘True Detective’

By September 5, 2014

Officially, HBO has yet to reveal too much about the second season of their hit series “True Detective.” But unofficially, we know quite a bit about it already. Creator Nic Pizzolato initially said the second season would be about “hard women, bad men and the secret occult history of the United States transportation system.” Since then, he’s given a tiny hint of what else to expect, some major plot details emerged, and we’ve heard that actors like Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, Vince Vaughn, and Elizabeth Moss are in contention for some of the main roles in the new season. But who will direct it?

Emmy award-winning director Cary Fukunaga won’t be back, and while at one point we heard that The Exorcist director William Friedkin was approached about possibly helming the series, it seems that a new face has entered the picture. Deadline reports that Justin Lin, the man who directed The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, Fast Five, and Fast & Furious 6, is in talks to direct at least the first two episodes of the new season.

Justin Lin

Lin has experience in the TV world already, having helmed one of the best episodes of “Community” (the first paintball episode, “Modern Warfare”) as well as directing the pilot for the upcoming CBS series “Scorpion.” We know that season 2 premieres next year, and that it won’t be quite as dark as the first season, but either way, Lin seems like a terrific choice to direct. He’s proven himself to be a talented filmmaker and I’m thrilled about the idea of Lin following up Fukunaga’s stunning work on the first season with a brand new vibe all his own as the story moves from Louisiana to California. I’m actually hoping he ends up directing more than just the first two episodes, but early word was that multiple filmmakers will share directing duties this year, so we’ll see if this deal pans out and who else ends up coming on board.

Do you think Lin is a good choice to direct “True Detective” season 2?

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  • If Justin Lin was capable of getting such an awesome series as Fast & Furious together, (we’ve watched and loved them all), then I’d say he has it in him to bring together some more amazing stuff!