It has now been officially announced that HBO has greenlit Season 3 for the crime anthology series True Detective. Original showrunner Nic Pizzolatto will continue as sole writer of the series (with the exception of episode 4, which he co-wrote with David Milch, who was brought on board to help Pizzolatto shape the season). Pizzolatto will direct with Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room), who is a newcomer to the franchise. Each season of the series is structured as a disparate, self-contained narrative, employing new cast ensembles and following various sets of characters and settings.
As previously announced back in July, Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) has been cast in lead role for the upcoming season. Ali will play the lead role of Wayne Hays, a state police detective from Northwest Arkansas. 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.
HBO would not officially confirm that they were moving forward with a third season of True Detective until they found a director who would work with Pizzolatto on the series, which broke out after its freshman run but failed to win over critics with its polarizing second star-studded season.
A premiere date has not yet been determined. True Detective‘s first season received positive reviews from television critics, with several naming it among the best television dramas of the year.
Source: Hollywood Reporter