‘The Exorcist’ director in discussions to direct new season of ‘True Detective’

William Friedkin confirms he has met with writer, Nic Pizzolato

William Friedkin, the director behind films such as The Exorcist and The French Connection has said that he is in discussions to direct season 2 of True Detective.

Friedkin mainly focuses on film directing with his most recent project being 2011 movie Killer Joe, featuring True Detective star Matthew McConaughey.

However, in a new interview with IndieWire, the director says that he has held meetings with writer Nic Pizzolato about helming the eagerly anticipated second series of HBO’s supernatural crime-drama.

“I am considering it,” Friedkin said. “I like this writer 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.”

He added: “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.”

The first season of the HBO drama aired earlier this year (2014) with a second due next year.

Last month (June) Matthew McConaughey hinted that he would be open to be appearing in another season of True Detective. The Academy Award-winning actor played Detective Rust Cohle in the first season of the hit show. However, both he and co-star Woody Harrelson are not expected to return for the second series.

It was recently confirmed that the second season of True Detective will be set in California and will feature three lead roles.

Earlier this year it was reported that Jessica Chastain was offered a part in the show. That rumour was subsequently denied. The only other actor linked to season two of True Detective is Brad Pitt.