HBO's new crime thriller True Detective has found its two lead actors in Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey (who also appeared together in 1999's EDtv). They will play detectives whose lives entwine while engaged in a 17-year-long hunt for a serial killer operating in Louisiana. The story will be told from the vantage point of 2012, where a bizarre murder case from 1995 has been re-opened (assumedly the killer's first victim).
It's interesting to note that True Detective joins NBC's Hannibal as the second new serial killer show on US TV. Now that Showtime's Dexter is on a downward slide (albeit guaranteed to be around for two more years), are other networks hoping to step in and grab Dexter's increasingly disenfranchised fanbase?
True Detective has been created by crime novelist Nic Pizzolatto (Galveston, The Killing), with Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre) directing the entire eight-episode order. Interestingly, if the show's a success and gets renewed, season 2 will involve a different story and characters, meaning McConaughey and Harrelson will be free to pursue other projects. This reminds me of how American Horror Story's choosing to evolve every year (likewise with a new story/location, with only selected actors returning as different characters). Is this going to become a popular way to setup a TV show? It will certainly help keep things fresh, and perhaps allow for big-name Hollywood actors to drop in for a season of television without having to sign a five-year contract.
True Detective will start shooting very soon for a 2013 release. Any thoughts on this project?