“Sin Nombre” and “Jane Eyre” director Cary Fukunaga’s headed to the small screen, according to Deadline — he’s signed on to direct all eight episodes of a new cop drama entitled “True Detective” that’s being written by Nic Pizzolatto (of the novel “Galveston” and a few episodes of “The Killing”).
The series will star the high-end stoner dream pairing of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, who’ll play Rust Cohle and Martin Hart, detectives involved in a 17-year hunt for a Louisiana serial killer. Deadline reports that “The concept is for the 8-episode first season to resolve the mystery at hand, with subsequent seasons using same structure but new characters and story.”
The project’s being pitched around and doesn’t yet have a network, but with those two stars on board (McConaughey in what will be his first regular TV role) it seems likely to find a home soon.
The contained-season anthology-style series is also the format being followed by “American Horror Story,” and makes sense as a way to bring over big screen talent that might not want to commit to a larger open time frame — though it remains to be seen how a series will fare with its audience when none of the same characters (and, potentially, none of the same stars) return for a second season. It means putting more faith in brand or authorship than in actors, which marks a shift in how we look at shows.