'True Detective' Season 3 Officially Greenlit by HBO, Plot Details Announced

Oscar winner Mahershala Ali has been tapped to star in the third season that will tell the story of a macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks.

AceShowbiz - It's official! "True Detective" season 3 is a go on HBO. The network has greenlit the third season of the crime anthology series after previously being in limbo for months following mixed reviews for the second season. The pickup was considered a formality though, since HBO announced last July that Oscar winner %cMahershala Ali% had been tapped to star on it.

The third season 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. Ali will play the lead role of Wayne Hays, a state police detective from Northwest Arkansas.

Series creator Nic Pizzolatto pens all episodes of the season, with "Deadwood" creator David Milch co-writing the fourth episode with him. Milch had been helping on the show as part of his overall deal at HBO. Jeremy Saulnier ("Green Room") will direct the third season alongside Pizzolatto, who will make his directorial debut on the series.

"Nic has written truly remarkable scripts," says HBO president Casey Bloys. "With his ambitious vision and Mahershala Ali and Jeremy Saulnier aboard, we are excited to embark on the next installment of 'True Detective'."

Pizzolatto adds, "I'm tremendously thrilled to be working with artists at the level of Mahershala and Jeremy. I hope the material can do justice to their talents, and we're all very excited to tell this story."

Pizzolatto also serves as executive producer alongside returning executive producers Scott Stephens, %cMatthew McConaughey% and %cWoody Harrelson% who starred in the first season, Cary Joji Fukunaga who directed season 1, Steve Golin, Bard Dorros and Richard Brown.

The number of episodes has not been announced as Pizzolatto is still writing. In July, Bloys said he had read five finished scripts and gushed over the scripts, "They are terrific. ... I was very impressed and excited." Other cast members and a premiere date for the third season are not announced yet.

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