It just wouldn’t be True Detective without some behind-the-scenes drama. Following late Friday reports that director Jeremy Saulnier had left the project, new details suggest that creator Nic Pizzolatto may have clashed with Saulnier over tone.
Not even a year from its premiere, and True Detective Season 3 already has a body count. Reports indicate director Jeremy Saulnier has stepped away after only a handful of episodes, and will be replaced by an Americans favorite.
You didn’t have to tell us twice that True Detective Season 3 was go with Mahershala Ali leading the cast, but HBO is making it official. Not only is the third season confirmed, but Green Room director Jeremy Saulnier will go behind the camera, and our first story details have arrived.
It does the heart good to see someone as deserving as Macon Blair meeting with the success that’s been coming to him. He was such a gnarly treat in Jeremy Saulnier’s Blue Ruin and Green Room (portraying an ill-prepared vengeance-seeker in the former, a neo-Nazi flunky in the latter) and then made waves of his own this past January when his directorial debut I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore took home the Grand Jury Prize for U.S. Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival. A new announcement today indicates that he’s getting bumped up to the major leagues, with a bigger budget and name-brand stars at his disposal.
As his childhood pal and constant muse Macon Blair breaks out at Sundance with I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore, emerging genre master Jeremy Saulnier is lining up his next project. The indie stalwart had a cracking 2016 with the theatrical debut of his merciless punk thriller Green Room, widening his fanbase after the homespun revenge tale Blue Ruin announced him as a talent to watch in 2014. He’s well on his way to becoming American cinema’s go-to guy for clever, small-scale violence, and his newest undertaking sounds like it’ll fit in snugly with the rest of his bloodied-and-bruised filmography.
It’s a simple case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time in Jeremy Saulnier’s ‘Green Room,’ except that place happens to be a hard metal club filled with murderous neo-Nazis. After playing a show in the backwoods of Oregon, punk band The Ain’t Rights discover a dead girl in the venue’s green room. When bassist Pat (Anton Yelchin) tries to call the cops, Macon Blair’s Gabe locks them inside while Patrick Stewart’s club owner Darcy begins scheming a brutal cover-up on the outside. What was supposed to be a quick gig turns into all-out warfare between the punks and the skinheads.
I would like to formally apologize to the Park Avenue Screening Room for permanently denting two of their armrests. It couldn’t be helped. I was watching Green Room, which might be the most intense thriller of the last five years, and I needed somewhere to release all the tension. If the damage can’t be repaired, please send the bill to Jeremy Saulnier, the film’s director. It’s all his fault.
The latest red band trailer for the intense new thriller Green Room is here, and don’t you dare underestimate that I-word — the latest effort from Blue Ruin director Jeremy Saulnier is incredibly, unnervingly intense. And not the kind of in-your-face intensity you’ve become familiar with in your average action-thriller. This movie is a master-class in creating and sustaining tension, and for all the gory details, there’s a weird elegance to the film’s pacing and tone. You can get a hint of that in the new trailer, though you may want to wait and experience it for yourself in the theater.
The life of a mid-to-lower-tier band on tour ain’t for the faint of heart. Sleepless nights spent driving the red-eye shift, siphoning gas to save a little pocket change, going days without showering, accidentally driving into the occasional cornfield — it takes a dedicated soul to see it through. But even months spent crashing on floors and couches in kindred souls’ apartments can’t measure up to the torrent of hell that befalls the Ain’t Rights, the tightly-knit punk outfit at the heart of Jeremy Saulnier’s supremely brutal new feature Green Room. Being hungry and smelly is unfun; accidentally witnessing a murder, getting locked in a small room by neo-Nazis hopped up on crank, and viciously picked off one by one is another matter entirely.