Well, That Was Quick: Recently we reported that Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson (above, in 1999's EdTV) had been attached to play True Detectives on TV with Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre) ready to direct all eight episodes of the planned first season. HBO is now on board to air the first season of the anthology series, which would feature a different cast and story if it survives to subsequent seasons. The first season revolves around a 17-year search for a serial killer in Louisiana. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Beatle + Eurythmic = Drama: With a little help from his friends, Ringo Starr will be making a coming-of-age drama. He and fellow musician Dave Stewart conceived the idea for Hole in the Fence, which follows “a group of kids who form a band to escape their depressing mining town.” Starr and Stewart will serve as executive producers; writer David Harris has been hired to pen the screenplay, based on their idea and music. Starr has not had much to do with movies since his starring turn in 1981's charmingly prehistoric comedy Caveman. [Deadline]
Cold-Weather Reunion: With his Academy Award-winning 1981 film Chariots of Fire poised for a re-release in the UK in connection with the Summer Olympics, Hugh Hudson is getting back in the director’s chair. He has co-written a script for Midnight Sun, a family-friendly tale about “a young boy’s efforts to reunite an abandoned polar bear cub with its mother in the ice fields of northern Canada,” and is set to direct. Hudson has not directed a feature film since 2000, though he recently made the documentary Rupture: A Matter of Life OR Death. [Showblitz]
Stoned Poster: In terms of a simple sell, the folks marketing the stoner comedy HIGH School have stuck to the (extreme) basics. And considering the audience they are presumably targeting ... maybe it's best to keep it simple. The film opens June 1.