“True Detective” is making a director switch

The series’ upcoming third season brings with it a new director. 

Set to direct season three of True Detective is Daniel Sackheim (The Americans). Sackheim will replace Jeremy Saulnier who helmed the first two episodes of the next season. 

“Director and executive producer Jeremy Saulnier has completed the first two episodes of True Detective Season 3 and will be departing the production due to scheduling issues. Daniel Sackheim has come on board as a director and executive producer for the series alongside series creator and director Nic Pizzolatto,” HBO said in a statement. 

The original plan was for Saulnier to split the direction of the next installment’s episodes with True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto. But now, due to scheduling issues, it’ll be Sackheim, who also serves as executive producer, that will handle the directing with Pizzolatto. This marks Sackheim directorial debut.

While season one was directed entirely by Emmy-winning Cary Fukunaga, the second season was done by multiple directors, so this shuffle is somewhat of a habit for the show’s executives. 

The third season revolved around a crime in the Ozarks and stars Mahershala Ali.

True Detective season three is not expected to arrive on HBO until 2019.