Danish filmmaker Janus Metz Pedersen has been announced to direct an episode of the hit US drama, True Detective.
Award-winning documentarian Janus Metz Pedersen reached critical acclaim with his film Armadillo (2010), which won the Critics Week Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.Armadillo is an intimate portrait of Danish soldiers who served in Afghanistan and sparked controversy for its depiction of soldiers defying orders and violence.
Despite Pedersen’s predisposition for factual films, the series creator of True Detective, Nic Pizzolatto, invited Pedersen to collaborate on the show and has confirmed he will be directing the third episode of the eight-episode season. The new season of True Detective will star Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn, and is also rumoured to have additional episodes helmed by Justin Lin and William Friedkin.
Based on the pulp novel category of the same name, True Detective shares its roots with the Série noire stories that influenced Film Noir. Contemporary Scandinavian authors, such as Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson, have established their names in the annals of Nordic Noir with successful television adaptations. Frequently their work features deep and sombre atmospheres, similar to that of True Detective’s Louisiana, making Pedersen a perfect fit for the series.
Pedersen and Pizzolatto are also joining forces on a Noir style feature film Galveston, charting the fragile future of New Orleans a hitman battling lung cancer, and have to cope with his diminishing status within the Mob. The film is currently in the pre-production stage, with Pizzolatto providing the script. Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone, 2012) will be taking on the role of hit-man protagonist Roy Cady, which will offer an increased international presence in the European-American crime coalition.
The second season of True Detective returns to our screens in 2015 and is yet to receive a confirmed UK air date.