It is clearly the day of television comebacks. First, we reported that a well-loved show has had a sequel pilot greenlit, and now we hear that US Marshall Raylan Givens is to return in Justified: City Primeval. FX drama series Justified concluded seven years ago and snagged an Emmy and a Peabody along the way, while making an icon out of lead character Givens.
Deadline reports that Timothy Olyphant is back as Givens. Showrunners and writers Dave Andron and Michael Dinner joins original creator Graham Yost and Olyphant as Executive Producers.
The original show was based on Elmore Leonard’s short story Fire in the Hole and grew out of that to run for six seasons. Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens is a lawman in the style of the 19th-century Old West, in modern times.
His unconventional enforcement of justice makes him a target of criminals and a problem child to his U.S. Marshals Service superior. In response to his controversial but “justified” quick-draw shooting of mob hitman Tommy Bucks in Miami, Givens is reassigned to the Eastern District of Kentucky Marshal’s Office is based in Lexington. This jurisdiction includes Harlan County, where Raylan was born and raised and which he thought he had escaped for good in his youth.
City Primeval: High Noon In Detroit will be the basis for this story.
Olyphant’s Raylan will replace the novel’s protagonist Lieutenant Raymond Cruz. The story will pick up eight years after the end of Justified with Givens based in Miami. His job sends him to Detroit where he crosses paths with The Oklahoma Wildman, a violent killer on the run in Detroit.
Sony Pictures Television and FX Productions are behind the money.