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IN THE WORKS: Fukunaga, McConaughey & Harrelson Go TV with 'True Detective' plus Wahlberg's 'Partner' and Camargo's 'Seagull'

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood April 11, 2012 at 2:24PM

Now this is an exciting pairing: Cary Fukunaga ("Jane Eyre") will direct Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in an eight-part TV series written by Nic Pizzolatto, "True Detective." McConaughey and Harrelson will play two cops, Rust Cohle and Martin Hart, respectively, whose lives intertwine through a seventeen-year search for a Louisiana serial killer. The story spans the 1995 murder to the reopening of the case in 2012.
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Harrelson, McConaughey in Surfer Dude

Now this is an exciting pairing: Cary Fukunaga ("Jane Eyre") will direct Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in an eight-part TV series written by Nic Pizzolatto, "True Detective." McConaughey and Harrelson will play two cops, Rust Cohle and Martin Hart, respectively, whose lives intertwine through a seventeen-year search for a Louisiana serial killer. The story spans the 1995 murder to the reopening of the case in 2012.

Anonymous Content developed the project and will produce. Pizzalatto has written for AMC's "The Killing," while "Surfer, Dude" (pictured) and "Edtv" co-stars McConaughey and Harrelson each boast TV credits. McConaughey recently guest starred on "Eastbound & Down," while Harrelson got his start on "Cheers" and recently starred in Sarah Palin TV-movie "Game Change" with Julianne Moore. He's also got a little movie called "The Hunger Games" in theaters.

Mark Wahlberg, currently beefed up for director Michael Bay's "Pain and Gain" (co-starring Dwayne Johnson, Ed Harris and Anthony Mackie), is talking to New Regency about potential producing and starring gig "The Partner." The yet-to-be-written adaptation of the 2005 John Grisham novel follows lawyer Patrick Lanigan as he fakes his own death and steals from his law firm to escape to a new life in Brazil. Regency also produced Grisham adaptations "A Time to Kill," "The Client" and "Runaway Jury." John Lee Hancock, who was linked to the project to write and direct, is no longer at the helm, leaving those spots vacant.

Christian Camargo, who played bad guy Brian Moser on "Dexter," Eleazar from "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn" and "The Hurt Locker"'s Colonel Cambridge (among other things), is making a mighty ambitious directorial debut with his own contemporary adaptation of Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull." His cast will include Katie Holmes, William Hurt, Allison Janney, Russell Means, Jean Reno and Mark and Juliet Rylance. The production is eyeing a summer start in upstate New York. While it sounds promising, we can't help raising an eyebrow at Holmes cast as Nina opposite Janney's Irina and Hurt's Sorin. But she could certainly use some thespian credibility after such flops as "Jack and Jill."

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.