David Gordon Green
The next filmmaker on the list also has an in with HBO since David Gordon Green was a consulting producer and director of twelve episodes of Jody Hill, Ben Best and Danny McBride's Eastbound and Down. Now, if you only know him from his work on the raunchy (albeit rad) series or his big Hollywood comedies like Pineapple Express and Your Highness (or aren't familiar with his name at all and just read these credits) then you're probably wondering why he'd be a great fit for True Detective. Well, all you really need to do is watch the trailer for Joe, his upcoming film starring Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan, to understand why I think he'd make a great director for the show's second season. In fact, those aforementioned broad comedies are probably not the best barometer of DGG's work with Joe as well as Prince Avalanche, another recent film of his (featuring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch), representing a return to form of sorts.

The director made a name for himself with small, compelling character or regional portraits like George Washington, All The Real Girls, Undertow and Snow Angels. Green's upcoming projects show a renewed interest in a bigger scale, working with Al Pacino on Manglehorn and Chris Pine for In The Line but perhaps he'll want to return to the small-screen after and bring a few of his stars with him? Rudd and Hirsch had wonderful chemistry. Or Cage and Pacino on their game? McBride would be an interesting choice. Maybe with Jonah Hill? As long as we all agree to pretend The Sitter never happened.

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