Quentin Tarantino is in early talks to direct some episodes of Justified: City of Primeval, the series revival of the drama starring Timothy Olyphant.


Tarantino has long said that his tenth film will also be his last. Given that he’s directed nine movies to date, that statement has taken on a great deal more urgency.

A recent piece of news featuring Tarantino offered an interesting loophole to his previous comments: just because he says he has one more film in him doesn’t necessarily mean that’s all he’ll direct.

Anyway, earlier this year, FX announced that Timothy Olyphant would reprise his role as Raylan Givens in a follow-up to the series Justified.

Like that show, this new limited series would be based on the works of Elmore Leonard — specifically, his novel City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit.

Deadline has reported that Tarantino is in talks to direct part of the project — specifically, one or two episodes.

Olyphant’s character, Raylan Givens, appeared in several works in Leonard’s bibliography including Fire in The Hole, as well as, Pronto, Riding The Rap, and Raylan which was published in 2012 after Justified’s success.


FX has released the official synopsis for the show:

“Having left Kentucky eight years ago, 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 greyer, 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.”

Should Tarantino seal the deal to direct the upcoming TV show, this will mark his directorial return to TV since 2005’s CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, where he directed Episodes 24 and 25 of Season 5. This will also reunite him with Olyphant who appeared in his latest outing, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.


Olyphant will also serve as executive producer alongside showrunners – Dave Andron and Michael Dinner, as well as Graham Yost, who created the original series. Peter Leonard, Sarah Timberman, Chris Provenzano and Carl Beverly, will also serve as executive producers on Justified: City Primeval.

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