Timothy Olyphant could be gearing up to once again don the famous cowboy hat of beloved Justified character, Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, with the team behind the popular FX series reuniting to adapt another Elmore Leonard novel. Titled City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit, various Justified alums, including Graham Yost, Michael Dinner, Dave Andron, Chris Provenzano, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly, VJ Boyd, and Taylor Elmore, will all return as executive producers for the FX adaptation.
Published in 2012, The City Primeval novel tells the story of a crazed, psychopathic killer named Clement Mansell, also known as the "Oklahoma Wildman". Thanks to some nifty courtroom moves by his beautiful, tough-as-nails lawyer Carolyn Wilder, Mansell knows how easy it is to get away with murder. The killer's senseless execution of a crooked judge is one step too far, and inflames the ire of homicide Detective Raymond Cruz, a good cop who believes in old-fashioned justice. When Mansell quickly uses his freedom to continue his criminal escapades, Cruz decides enough is enough and isn't about to let Mansell slip through the legal system's gaping holes ever again, maneuvering the killer into a wild Midwest showdown that only one of them is going to be walking away from.
Though Justified favorite Raylan Givens does not show up in Leonard's source material, the character is well known for appearing throughout many of the author's other novels, with sources claiming that the plan is to bring him into the adaptation of City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit. Sources have said that "the project is in the very early stages, nothing is set in stone as of yet, meaning Olyphant could star in the series or appear in a smaller role, but no deal has yet been made." So, while it's still early days, the studio would foolish not to try and fold the character into proceedings, with fans no doubt excited to see Raylan return.
Justified writers and executive producers Michael Dinner and Dave Andron will co-write the series and serve as the co-showrunners, with Dinner also set to direct the Elmore Leonard.
Justified first premiered on FX back in 2010, lasting 78 episodes which aired over six seasons, concluding in 2015. Based on Elmore Leonard's Raylan Givens stories, particularly Fire in the Hole, the show stars Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens, a tough deputy U.S. Marshal who enforces his own, Old-West style type of justice. The series revolves around the inhabitants and culture in the Appalachian Mountains area of eastern Kentucky, and the illegal goings on which Raylan must thwart by shooting first and asking questions, well, usually never.
The show received critical acclaim throughout its run, really finding its way in the second season. Olyphant's central performance was much-celebrated, as was the work of Walton Goggins as Boyd Crowder, the son of one of Harlan's biggest career criminals. During its run Justified was nominated for eight Primetime Emmy Awards, with two wins, for Margo Martindale's performance as Mags Bennett and Jeremy Davies' performance as Dickie Bennett.
While Raylan Givens has not yet been confirmed to appear in City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit, his potential comeback begs the question, does his no-nonsense, violent brand of justice still play the same in light of recent events? This comes to us from Variety.