After American Horror Story scored good ratings and even better buzz with the revelation the series would be an anthology, it was only a matter of time before a similar concept popped up and began attracting more high-profile creatives and stars. As it turns out, that idea happens to be True Detectives, starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.
True Detectives concerns the story of Louisiana detectives Martin Hart (Harrelson) and Rust Cohle (McConnaughey) and their search for a serial killer that spans 17 years. Reportedly, the series will see the case begin in 1995 and carry through to present day. During that time, the pursuit of the murderer and their partnership leaves an indelible mark on each man’s life.
Acclaimed novelist and short story writer Nic Pizzolatto, whose experience writing for television has been with the similarly-themed AMC series The Killing, developed the concept and is handling writing duties on the show. Meanwhile, equally acclaimed director Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre) is onboard to direct all eight episodes of the series. Whether or not either writer or director plans to take part – in the event that a second season happens – is not immediately clear.
Given the talent behind it, and the relatively short commitment, it’s easy to see why True Detectives was able to land such well-known stars as McConaughey and Harrelson. For McConaughey, True Detectives will mark the first time he’s done a series for television; for Harrelson, it marks the first time he has been back on a regular series since his role as Woody Boyd ended on Cheers in 1993. Of course, since that time, Harrelson has appeared in a slew of feature films like the current box office champ The Hunger Games, as well as earning two Academy Award nominations for his performances in The People vs. Larry Flynt and The Messenger.
The series will also mark the third time real-life friends McConaughey and Harrelson have appeared onscreen together. The duo previously worked together on Ron Howard’s Edtv and the little-seen Surfer, Dude.
True Detectives is currently being shopped around to various cable networks, but given the star-power involved, as well as the buzz around Fukunaga and Pizzolatto, it would seem like a no-brainer for any network, so expect interest to heat up quickly. Ideal candidates are likely AMC and FX, but with Netflix lurking about lately, contemplating picking up ABC’s The River, and briefly considering resurrecting FOX’s Terra Nova, the serialized nature of True Detectives sounds as though it would be right up the company’s alley.
Screen Rant will be sure to update you regarding when and where you’ll be able to catch True Detectives as it airs.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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