THE NEWS BUNDLE: 'The Killing' Season 3 Headed To The Writers Room, Still No Official Announcement from AMC/Netflix

A few weeks ago, it seems like the story that died with Rosie Larsen would be resurrected as AMC and Netflix entered strong talks to revive The Killing for a third season in a co-production/distribution deal. Since then, we haven't received any official word just yet and the deal has seemed just up in the air for the time being. Now, though, it's nearly set that Linden and Holder will be back as development on the season will kick off in just a few short days.

Variety reports that despite no announcement from AMC, it seems we can expect a press release next week as creator Veena Sud and EPs Dawn Prestwich & Nicole Yorkin is headed to the writer's room to begin work on Season 3 of The Killing. No word on what the plot will deal with in a post-Rosie Larsen mystery narrative, but it's said that Sud pitched a story strong enough that it had both AMC and Netflix's attention in reviving the series.

It's said the show is definitely returning to AMC, with a premiere set for sometime in late May, but the reason for the delayed announcement is due to exact details being fine tuned in the overall deal and negotiations not yet being finalized between the network and Netflix. The new episodes would be available on Netflix during its AMC run, but whether or not that may have changed in some form or another has yet to be determined.

Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos are expected to return in their lead roles, while other supporting characters are currently undetermined. The report mentions that Billy Campbell is a possibility, while it's unlikely the Larsen parents Michelle Forbes and Brent Sexton will return.

No word on a production start, but with a May premiere aimed we could see camera rolling as soon as 2013 kicks off.