William Friedkin Might Be Involved with ‘True Detective’ Season Two

By July 9, 2014

Following the incredible first season of “True Detective” on HBO, fans are anxious to see what the second season brings, even though it won’t be following Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey for another mystery. Details on the next season are under tight wraps, with the only news being that three leads will be the focus of the sophomore run.

Now The Playlist has a line on some potential talent getting involved, though this person’s work would be behind the camera rather than in front of it. Speaking with legendary director William Friedkin (The Exorcist, The French Connection), it was revealed that he’s currently considering some form of involvement with the series created by Nic Pizzolatto, but the extent to which he would be involved was not elaborated upon.

The topic came up when Friedkin talked about the strength of TV shows like “Homeland” and “True Detective” becoming popular water cooler discussion starters. The interviewer then mentioned how his outlet thought Friedkin would make a great addition to the second season of HBO’s drama, and asked if he would ever take on a project like that. Friedkin responded:

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.

Of course, the director couldn’t confirm whether or not he would end up taking the gig, or maybe just realized that it’s something he should be keeping secret until it’s announced. Friedkin went on:

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.

William Friedkin - Matthew McConaughey

It’s a perfect coincidence that Friedkin recently worked with McConaughey on the film Killer Joe, even though the actor likely isn’t returning in any capacity for the second season. (A TV adaptation of Killer Joe is also in development.) The source also points out that Friedkin just happened to be in town at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival to receive the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema while Anonymous Content, the company behind “True Detective,” was being celebrated at the festival too, with a marathon of the first season planned.

It’s important to note that even if Friedkin does get involved as a director, he likely won’t be directing the whole season because Pizzolatto has indicated the production schedule will likely be too rigorous to only have a single director for the second season.

Anyway, all we know so far is that “True Detective” season two will take place in California with three leads and it will be about ““hard women, bad men and the secret occult history of the United States transportation system.” Hopefully we’ll hear more soon, because the first season was spectacular and we’re dying to hear how the next season will play out.

In the meantime, check out our Moster™ for Friedkin’s underrated 2006 film Bug, starring Michael Shannon and Ashley Judd:

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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.
  • Every time I see William Friedkin’s name, I always think, “It’s the Friedkin weekend baby, I’m about to have me some fun.”