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William Friedkin Calls Nic Pizzolatto the Real Deal, Is Considering Directing 'True Detective' Season 2

By Cindy Davis | Industry | July 9, 2014 |

By Cindy Davis | Industry | July 9, 2014 |

Of the great things about HBO’s True Detective, not the least was Cary Fukunaga’s direction — remember that gorgeous long shot? Having one great director controlling all eight episodes adds to the series’ cohesive feel; as much as we’re wondering which actors will be involved in season 2, we’re also hoping for another great director — and hot damn, our prayers may already be answered.

In a new Playlist interview with William Friedkin (The French Connection, The Exorcist, To Live and Die in L.A., Killer Joe) reveals he’s met with writer Nic Pizzolatto, and that he’s thinking about directing the series:

“I am considering it.” said Friedkin. “I like this writer [Nic Pizzolatto] very much. I’ve met him, and he’s the real deal as far as I’m concerned. Now, all the new seasons are different so I’m not committed—this new season has nothing to do with the last one. Except for him and his sensibility, which I think is extraordinary.”

“I’m… I can’t say much more at this time. But I’m a fan of his writing, even though this will not be a continuation of what was done before with McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. So what you can say is I’m a huge fan of his writing, I’ve met with him, I like him, I like the direction he’s taking with this.”

I suddenly feel slightly obsessed… If Friedkin does come on board, I hope that Pizzolatto rethinks his statement that the series may use multiple directors. And please…powers of the universe, hear my plea: Write the man a car chase.

Cindy Davis, (Twitter) is suddenly craving a William Peterson/Willem Dafoe reuinion.

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