While casting rumors have been all the rage for the second season of HBO’s widely successful anthology drama, True Detective, little’s been said about next season’s slate of directors. One of the things that made the series truly unique was its auteur style; the entire first season used only one writer (creator Nic Pizzolatto) and one director (Emmy winner Cary Fukunaga). That model will not be used in the upcoming year, though, due to time constraints. Pizzolatto has stated that multiple directors will take charge of the series’ new season, which is where today’s report from The Hollywood Reporter comes into play: Fast & Furious head honcho Justin Lin is supposedly in talks to direct two episodes this season.
Though Lin is perhaps most well known for his work on the Fast & Furious franchise, he’s no stranger to the small screen (he’s worked on both Community and the upcoming CBS drama, Scorpion). However, with pre-production already underway on his next film, the still-untitled Bourne sequel, Lin’s schedule is pretty tight. If he’s going to hop on to True Detective, it’s got to be soon — which means the rumors of him directing the first two episodes of the season (set to begin production later this month) seem most likely.
What Lin’s involvement means for the tone of the series is unclear. True Detective doesn’t exactly seem like a show in desperate need of a slick car chase or SFX sequence, but given the anthology nature of the drama, anything’s possible.
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