Quentin Tarantino is reportedly in early talks to direct select episodes of Justified: City Primeval, the FX limited series starring Timothy Olyphant as U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens.
According to Deadline, Tarantino could take a seat in the director’s chair for “one or two episodes” of the upcoming Justified miniseries, which was officially given the green light earlier this year. The project would reunite the acclaimed filmmaker with series lead Timothy Olyphant, who starred in Tarantino’s 2019 film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
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As the report notes, Tarantino is also a devoted fan of Elmore Leonard, the late writer who penned the novel Fire in the Hole that eventually became the source material for FX’s Justified series. The director has opted for several Leonard titles throughout his career and even adapted the author’s novel Rum Punch into the 1997 film Jackie Brown.
FX’s Vindicated spinoff will be based on another of Leonard’s works, the 1980 novel City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit, though in this case the character of Olyphant will step into the central role. He will cross paths with Clement Mansell, “a violent, sociopathic desperado who once slipped through the fingers of Detroit’s best and intends to do so again.”
According to the show’s logline, “Mansell’s attorney, formidable Motor City native Carolyn Wilder, has every intention of representing her client, even if she finds herself caught between cop and felon, with her own game in progress as well. These three characters take place on a collision course in classic Elmore Leonard style, to see who will make it out of City Primeval alive.”
The original Justified series ran from 2010 to 2015 and featured Olyphant in every episode. Justified creator Graham Yost is on board to produce City Primeval, with Dave Andron and Michael Dinner serving as co-showrunners. Dinner will also serve as lead director for the new limited series, which will pick up eight years after Givens left Kentucky.
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