Raylan Givens returns to television, and this time he’s heading to Detroit.
FX announced Friday morning that the team behind the Emmy-winning series “Justified” is reuniting for a limited series to be titled “Justified: City Primeval.”
Timothy Olyphant will again play U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, the character created for the page by the late novelist Elmore Leonard.
The story will be inspired by Leonard’s crime novel, “City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit.”
In the limited series, Givens, who now lives in Miami and has a 14-year-old daughter, will travel to Detroit after a chance encounter on a lonely Florida highway.
Other characters will include violent sociopath Clement Mansell, known as Oklahoma Wildman, and Mansell’s attorney, Detroit native Carolyn Wilder. According to the press release, “These three characters embarked on a collision course in classic Elmore Leonard fashion, to see who would make it out of City Primeval alive.”
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No release date has yet been announced.
The “Justified” original series, based on Leonard’s “Fire in the Hole” novel, premiered in 2010 and ended in 2015. It racked up numerous awards during its run, including two Emmys, a Peabody and the American Film Institute’s Television Program of the Year Award.
Leonard served as a consultant for the series until his death in August 2013 and was a guiding force for “Justified” executive producer Graham Yost, who is among the returning cast members for the limited series.
Yost had WWED wristbands made for the original cast and crew, as a reminder to think about “What Would Elmore Do”.
“There’s an old saw that you should never meet your heroes, and that applies, but not in Elmore’s case,” Yost said in a 2014 Free Press interview. “He was just fun to spend time with him and had a good attitude towards life and work and writing.
That same year, Olyphant shared memories of when he first met Leonard on the set of “Justified.” Leonard was very fond of the series, although he was not a fan of Givens’ cowboy hat.
“He was as cool as can be,” Olyphant said at the start of the show’s fifth season. “Pretty soon he told me not to be afraid of losing the hat. He said, ‘You know, maybe a gust of wind is coming and you’ll never see it again.’ thought it was fantastic.
Yost and Olyphant both traveled to Detroit for Leonard’s funeral.
“‘Justified’ was one of the most critically acclaimed shows of the last decade and an adaptation of the work of Elmore Leonard that was so colorfully colored by Timothy Olyphant that Raylan Givens, Graham Yost and the whole crew of producers, writers, directors and cast,” Eric Schrier, president of FX Entertainment, said in a statement about the new project.
“To have this group reuniting with Tim as Raylan again in a new and different Elmore Leonard story is exciting.
Peter Leonard, son of Elmore Leonard, will be among the project’s executive producers.