Justin Lin in Talks to Direct 'True Detective'

Justin Lin Fast and Furious 6 Premiere Arrivals - P 2014
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Justin Lin Fast and Furious 6 Premiere Arrivals - P 2014

The 'Fast & Furious' helmer is poised to tackle two episodes of the HBO series

Seth Meyers recently joked at the Emmys that every actor in town was rumored to be attached to True Detective Season 2. But no director names have emerged as legitimate candidates to helm episodes in the show's second season. Until now.

Multiple sources tell THR that Justin Lin, who rejuvenated the creaky Fast & Furious series into a high-octane premium franchise, is in talks to direct two episodes of HBO's critically acclaimed anthology series. 

The talks are characterized by insiders as being in the early stages with many details, including budgets and vision, still needing to be worked out.

The move is a departure from Season 1, which was helmed entirely by Cary Fukunaga, who took home the Emmy for best director of a drama series. Fukunaga will not return for a second season, nor will stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.

Season 2, which is being penned by creator Nic Pizzolatto, is said to be California-based and revolve around three lead characters. Colin Farrell is among a list of actors whose names have been bandied about as possible leads. Farrell is close to a deal, sources say. Taylor Kitsch and Vince Vaughn are also said to be in talks.

The new season is to be directed by a cadre of directors, some of which could direct one or two episodes. But the pressure to find directors is on as filming is scheduled to begin later in September.

It is unclear which two episodes of the eight-episode season Lin would direct though some sources say it could be the first two.

In addition to his busy film career (he most recently directed Fast & Furious 6), Lin is involved in a number of upcoming TV projects including Scorpion for CBS. On the film front, he is attached to direct the next installment in Universal's Bourne franchise and Toymaggedon.

Lin is repped by CAA and Cinetic.

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