Timothy Olyphant Set to Reprise Raylan Givens Role in JUSTIFIED CITY PRIMEVAL
President of FX Entertainment Eric Schrier announced today that Timothy Olyphant would be reprising his role as U.S Marshal Raylan Givens for a new limited series titled Justified City Primeval. Olyphant played the role of Givens for five years in the crime drama series Justified and now he will be dispensing his own form of justice in the new limited series based on the crime novel Primeval: High Noon in Detroit that was written by the late Elmore Leonard.
Dave Andron and Michael Dinner will be the showrunners on the limited series as well as write and executive produce with Dinner taking on the role of director as well. Olyphant will join as executive producer as well as starring.
Graham Yost, Sarah Timberman, and Carl Beverly are executive producers, alongside Peter Leonard, Taylor Elmore, and Chris Provenzano, with the latter two also writing for the series. Walter Mosley is consulting producer, and V.J. Boyd, Eisa Davis, and Ingrid Escajeda will pen some of the series’ episodes.
Schrier had this to share about the news:
“Justified was one of the most critically acclaimed shows of the past decade and an adaption of Elmore Leonard’s work that was so colorfully brought to life by Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens, Graham Yost and the entire team of producers, writers, directors and cast. To have this group come together again with Tim as Raylan in a new and different Elmore Leonard story is thrilling. I want to thank our showrunners Dave and Michael, and their fellow executive producers Tim, Graham, Sarah and Carl, the Elmore Leonard estate as well as our partners at Sony Pictures Television, for making this possible.”
The synopsis for Justified: City Primeval is as follows:
Having left the hollers of Kentucky eight years ago, Raylan Givens now lives in Miami, a walking anachronism balancing his life as a U.S. Marshal and part-time father of a 14-year-old girl. His hair is grayer, his hat is dirtier, and the road in front of him is suddenly a lot shorter than the road behind.A chance encounter on a desolate Florida highway sends him to Detroit. There he crosses paths with Clement Mansell, aka The Oklahoma Wildman, a violent, sociopathic desperado who’s already slipped through the fingers of Detroit’s finest once and aims to do so again. Mansell’s lawyer, formidable Motor City native Carolyn Wilder, has every intention of representing her client, even as she finds herself caught in between cop and criminal, with her own game afoot as well.These three characters set out on a collision course in classic Elmore Leonard fashion, to see who makes it out of the City Primeval alive.
The original series that brought Rayland Givens and his stetson to the small screen was based on the novella Fire in the Hole in which the novel’s author consulted on the series up until his death in 2013. No premiere date is set for Justified: City Primeval but stay tuned as more news becomes available.