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Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey Want to Play ‘Detective’

Matthew McConaughey & Woody Harrelson in 'Ed TV'
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Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson first worked together over a decade ago in Ron Howard’s largely ignored ‘Ed TV.’ But the two became friends and are now looking to headline a cop show by director Cary Fukunaga (‘Jane Eyre’) called ‘True Detective.’ They have a writer and a episode count, what they don’t have yet is a network.

The story – from screenwriter Nic Pizzolatto (of ‘The Killing’) – would revolve around a seventeen-year-old serial killing, and two detectives whose work intersects during the investigation. This info is coming from Deadline Hollywood, and the idea would then be to follow a different case in each season if it were to be picked up, which would mean that the star’s commitment would likely be for one season only.

With star power in Hollywood at an all time low, we’ve seen the crossover from TV to movies and back a non-issue. This is even more noticeable with comedians as – until recently – Steve Carell was making hit movies on top of playing the lead in ‘The Office.’ But there used to be a stigma – in fact it took years for Harrelson to be seen as an actor, and not just Woody from ‘Cheers.’ But now he seems ready and willing to go back to the small screen.

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