TV series are changing, with top tier film directors not just helming the pilot a la Mindhunter (Fincher) and Boardwalk Empire (Scorsese) but actually making the entire series, as if it’s one whole big movie. Things changed when Jean-Marc Vallee was behind all eps of Big Little Lies, and now Jean-Jacques Annaud has directed all 10 episodes of The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, an adaptation of the best seller by Joel Dicker.
Annaud came to prominence with the prehistoric set Oscar winner Quest for Fire (1981), and went on to make The Name of the Rose, The Bear, Seven Years in Tibet and Enemy at the Gates. His last film, Wolf Totem, was a Chinese co-pro about a boy and a wolf, continuing his man’s relationship with animals fascination (check out the upcoming Alpha, which is hugely influenced by Annaud’s output), but he’s switched gears for his first major TV gig with The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair about a literary icon (Patrick Dempsey) who finds himself charged for murder after the discovery of a young girl’s dead body found buried on his property. Apart from McDreamy, the cast includes Ben Schnetzer (Snowden), Kristine Froseth, Damon Wayans Jr. and Virginia Madsen.