The news comes from the trade bible Variety and will roll into production soon.
Oscar winer Mahershala Ali takes on the central role in the Anonymous Content-coproduced anthology format, playing a state police detective in Arkansas in a story about a macabre crime in the heart of the Ozark Mountains that is set over three time periods.
As previously announced, Oscar victor Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) will topline season three as Wayne Hays, a state police detective from Northwest Arkansas.
We already knew that Oscar victor Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, The Place Beyond the Pines) was set to star, so many outlets are labeling this greenlight something of a "formality".
Now HBO has given the official greenlight to True Detective Season 3, per THR, announcing that Green Room and Blue Ruin filmmaker Jeremy Saulnier will direct alongside Pizzolatto, who will make his directorial debut on the third season.
Pizzolato wrote every script for Season 3, save for Episode 4 which he co-wrote with Milch.
"True Detective" is back on the case. "With his ambitious vision and Mahershala Ali and Jeremy Saulnier aboard, we are excited to embark on the next installment of 'True Detective'".
Earlier this week, news reached us, also via Deadline, that the scribe would no longer be working on Perry Mason, HBO's rebooted series starring Robert Downey Jr. "I hope the material can do justice to their talents, and we're all very excited to tell this story".
HBO Programming President, Casey Bloys, added, "Nic has written truly remarkable scripts".
It's unclear exactly where and when a third season of True Detective will slot into HBO's schedule. Additional executive producing duties will be doled out to Steve Golin, Bard Dorros, and Richard Brown.
Pizzolatto is repped by WME and Anonymous Content. Ali is repped by WME and Anonymous Content. Saulnier is represented by CAA and Anonymous Content.
What is now considered as McConaissance, the changed career arc of Matthew McConaughey after playing the lead in the first season of True Detective, was the enticing draw for a lot of people to star in the second season.