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Cary Fukunaga to Direct Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in ‘True Detective’

Cary Fukunaga to Direct Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in 'True Detective'

“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.

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