Our interest in a third season of True Detective jumped considerably with word that Mahershala Ali might lead the cast, so consider us on board. HBO confirms the Luke Cage and Moonlight star would lead a third True Detective, which is now seeking directors.

HBO boss Casey Bloys confirmed the news at Wednesday’s TCA press tour panel, noting that five scripts have already been submitted, with confirmation hinging on discussions with directors. Still unconfirmed are reports that Deadwood boss David Milch joined in an advisory capacity, along with details of Ali’s role or the Season 3 plot.

Milch was said to be working with Pizzolatto, though there’s no guarantee he’d act as showrunner in Pizzolatto’s stead. Pizzolatto maintains an overall development deal at HBO, which was most recently said to take the shape of a Perry Mason series with Robert Downey Jr. producing and starring, and it’s possible True Detective Season 3 could move forward without Pizzolatto’s direct involvement.

We’ll likely hear more in the coming weeks, but can a Mahershala Ali True Detective get the franchise back on track?

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