Sarah Polley
Similar to Bennett Miller, the next director on the list is not only an Academy Award nominee but has also dabbled in both feature and documentary filmmaking with great success. Sarah Polley worked with Atom Egoyan and David Cronenberg (and, uh, Zack Snyder) as an actress before going behind the camera and earning a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination for Away From Her.

Polley not only proved adept at handling serious drama but also directed the legend Julie Christie to a Best Actress nod. A snowy setting similar to Alice Munro's short story might be a prime location for the second season of True Detective. Don't worry, that's not the only or even a main reason why I think she should take over the HBO series. It's actually Polley's next two films that prompted the choice with Take This Waltz and Stories We Tell ('snubbed' by the Oscars for Best Documentary) working as interesting companion pieces that reminds me of the way the past and present are presented in True Detective. As far as I'm concerned, she could also star in the series or bring some of high profile stars like Michelle Williams to the small screen. Polley and Williams as partners would be pretty rad.

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