A rumored third season of the confounding HBO show True Detective starring Mahershala Ali has been confirmed. Series creator Nic Pizzolatto will will write and co-direct with Jeremy Saulnier. With Mahershala attached, at the very least, there is potential for sex appeal and drama. But as we saw happen in season 2, well, there are still plenty of ways for them to fuck it up.
According to The Hollywood Reporter:
Season three will tell the story of a macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods. As previously announced, Oscar winner Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) will topline season three as Wayne Hays, a state police detective from Northwest Arkansas.
The Ozarks have been getting a lot of play of late, at least according to Netflix which keeps blaring out dialog from that Ozark show every time I log on (how do you turn it off???). I don’t know a damn thing about the region, but it sounds spooky, evocative, and forbidding (especially for somebody like me with, how shall I say this, an abundance of melanin). The culture has spoken, The Ozarks are totally the new Appalachians!
So far, so good. We’ve got a great lead and a solid sense of place. What else you got?
Nic Pizzolatto will serve as the lone writer on the season save for David Milch, who co-wrote the fourth episode. (An episode count has not yet been revealed.)
Pizzolatto, who created the series, will serve as showrunner and direct alongside relative newcomer Jeremy Saulnier. Executive producers include Pizzolatto, Saulnier, Scott Stephens and season one stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, as well as original director Cary Joji Fukunaga. Steve Golin, Bard Dorros and Richard Brown will also be credited as exec producers.
That’s a lot of names. Should we be worried about too many cooks (sorry, not sorry)? We don’t know anything about who Mahershala’s co-stars might be (please be Ian McShane time traveling as Al Swearengen). So there’s lots of room for error there, and yes, I am looking at you Vince Vaughn. Whatever they do, it will be hard to either catch the lightning-in-a-bottle excitement of the first season or do worse than the grueling pornstache suckfest of the second. But there is enough here to bring me back into the fold for another taste of True Dick. Just as long as they don’t shoot me in the eye with it like they did last time.
Not for nuthin, here’s Marhershala being fine as hell.