The Case of TRUE DETECTIVE Season Three Continues to Develop
In 2014, HBO´s anthology show True Detective became one of the most talked about TV experiences that year. The well-written and gorgeous-looking murder mystery had a southern Gothic atmosphere so palpable that I almost expected Leatherface to make an appearance. Hell, the final episode even gave The Texas Chainsaw Massacre a run for its money. Three years later I still think that it´s some of the best TV ever made and it still holds up after a rewatch or two.
One year after the first season, HBO attempted to reprise its greatness with new actors and a plot that was set in one of my favorite places on this planet, Los Angeles, a city that is perfect for movies and TV, and also a city that in a lot of movies is a character itself. My expectations were beyond high! But after two episodes I started to realize that my expectations probably wouldn't be met, and after three episodes I was out. It was equally as good-looking as the first season and it had some really solid acting, but story-wise I couldn't get into it. It wasn't bad, it just felt lukewarm from the three episodes I saw. And with the mixed responses from people, most of them leaning towards the negative, and no new season the year after, I honestly thought that True Detective was dead.
But earlier this year rumours started that HBO was moving forward with a third season and that actor Mahershala Ali, who won an Oscar for his performance in Moonlight (which I loved), was in negotiations to star in the potential season before even receiving a formal green light. A month later he was confirmed in the lead role as Wayne Hays, a state police detective from Northwest Arkansas. Shortly thereafter, HBO announced that season three was a go. Joining the show as a director alongside creator Nic Pizzolatto was none other than Jeremy Saulnier, who made a name of himself with the brilliant revenge drama Blue Ruin, a film that portrayed the ugliness and the consequences of violence in a realistic way, and last year he solidified himself as one of the most interesting filmmakers out there with the best and most intense film of 2016, the hardcore punk horror movie Green Room. Plus his underrated little Halloween movie, Murder Party, is a blast. I could not be more stoked for this season!
Yesterday Deadline reported that Carmen Ejogo (It Comes At Night, Alien: Covenant) is also set to star as Amelia Reardon, an Arkansas school teacher with a connection to two missing children back in 1980. The third season of True Detective will tell the story of a macabre crime set in the heart of the Ozarks and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods.
As of yet, there´s no premiere date set and details are pretty sparse but keep an eye open on this space as we will report on updates on the show.