Almost seven years after the end of Justified, Timothy Olyphant is set to return to FX as its star character, U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, in a new miniseries titled Justified: City Primeval. And despite some indications it’s a reboot, it’s actually a sequel series that will continue Givens’ story after the events of Justified.
The new miniseries is based on Elmore Leonard’s 1980 novel, City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Although Raylan Givens is also a creation of Elmore, this character did not appear in the original book. During Olyphant’s six-season run as Givens on Justified, he established his character as a maverick who was unafraid to use lethal force if necessary. But parenthood has apparently softened some of her harsher edges.
According to FX, the new miniseries begins eight years after Justified season 6, with Raylan now living in Florida and co-parenting his 14-year-old daughter. However, Raylan would soon be drawn to Detroit for a showdown with Clement Mansell, aka The Oklahoma Wildman. Clement is “a violent, sociopathic desperado who once slipped through the fingers of Detroit’s best and intends to do so again.” Clement is represented by Carolyn Wilder, a sleazy lawyer with her own agenda. Raylan will have to battle the two characters “to see who gets out of City Primeval alive.”
Sony Pictures Television and FX will again co-produce the new Justified miniseries. Dave Andron and Michael Dinner will serve as showrunners and executive producers, with Dinner also directing the miniseries. the original Justified showrunner Graham Yost is also attached as executive producer. alongside Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly and Olyphant.
“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 colored by Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens, Graham Yost and the whole team of producers, writers, directors and actors,” FX Entertainment Chairman Eric Schrier said in a statement. “Reuniting this group, with Tim as Raylan in a new and different Elmore Leonard story, is exciting. .”
“When Justified In conclusion, the love and affection for this outstanding series has only grown and left audiences wanting more from Raylan Givens,” added Sony Pictures Television Studios Co-Presidents Jeff Frost and Jason Clodfelter. . “The iconic Elmore Leonard was one of the foremost writers of our time and no one has quite captured his tone and authenticity as well as this. Justified team.”
FX has not set a date for Justified: City Primeval, but the miniseries will likely also stream on Hulu when it releases.