Season 12 of the ATX Television Festival kicked off tonight with a special screening of FX’s Justified: City Primeval ahead of the show’s July 18th premiere. In attendance were stars Timothy Olyphant (Raylan Givens), Boyd Holbrook (Clement Mansell), Adelaide Clemens (Sandy Stanton), Vivian Olyphant (Willa Givens), plus executive producer Sarah Timberman. The post-screening panel was moderated by Daniel Fienberg from The Hollywood Reporter.
Yes, Vivian Olyphant is Timothy Olyphant’s daughter and stars alongside her dad as Raylan’s daughter Willa. Vivian laughed as she confessed to having never watched the original Justified or much of her father’s acting work, aside from his voice role in the animated film Rango and a play she saw him in. “I always wondered what is he actually doing at work,” Vivian shared about getting to spend her summer on set with her dad. “He’s getting paid to be a child,” she summarized to the audience’s delight (and Timothy’s charming embarrassment). While Timothy had no qualms about his daughter auditioning for the role, he added that he kept himself out of the casting process as a fellow executive producer on the series. Sarah Timberman stood by the decision, sharing that Vivian stood out of about forty actresses considered for the role.
Set 15 years after the original Justified, which was based on Elmore Leonard’s final novel, Justified: City Primeval draws its inspiration from another one of Leonard’s books, 1980’s City Primeval. Read by both Sarah Timberman and Timothy Olyphant, when conversations began about bringing Raylan Givens back to the screen, both felt that this story would be the right way to do it while still staying within the Elmore Leonard universe. And, a tale that will likely be recurring throughout this year’s festival, Sarah took a moment at the top of the panel to acknowledge the show’s writing team, most of whom are participating in the WGA strike.
Showrunner Dave Andron participated in a different panel earlier in the day titled “…The End” about writing a series finale. During that panel, which was not specifically about Justified: City Primeval, he shared that he had some initial hesitation about continuing Raylan’s story after wrapping it up so nicely in Season 6. He was working on Snowfall when conversations began to swirl about a sequel, something he wasn’t willing to take on until that show wrapped in order to give that show the send-off it deserved.
Via Collider: [Editor’s note: The following contains some spoilers for Daisy Jones & The Six.]
Collider: In doing a project like this, when you’re dealing with a book that people love and has this built-in fan base, does that become something of a bible for you, outside the script, or does it work better for you to look at things like bands and musicians, locations, and just this whole era?
TIMOTHY OLYPHANT: The book, for me, was just a great read. Even before getting all the scripts, it was just a cool book. It’s always nice when you read some material that’s really great, and then you think, “Oh, I might be able to be fit into this somehow.” After that, you let go of it, other than what you’ve sourced already, and it becomes a bit of a jumping off point. The nature of an adaptation means that you’re taking it in its own direction. I did read about a lot of tour managers. There have been some great ones, and there were some classic interviews. Both of my brothers have been in the business, and my older brother is still in the business. I’ve been around it a lot. Even though it’s a different decade, it’s more or less the same gig and the same struggles and the same heartaches. I was around it a lot.
I’ve loved music my whole life, I’ve been a concert photographer since I was 15, and I’ve worked directly with a lot of bands, and I’ve run into a lot of guys like your character. He just seemed so real and authentic, in a way that you could find him with any number of bands. even today.
OLYPHANT: It’s no different from being in show business. If you’re around enough First ADs, they start to narrow down to a type, to some degree. But that book was well-researched. (Author) Taylor [Jenkins Reid] knew what she was writing about, and (producer) Scott [Neustadter] is no dummy either. I was in really good hands. And then, you put on those outfits, and it’s easy after that.
Are you, personally, a music guy? Are you someone who has a connection to music, yourself? Are there bands that you’re a fan of, that you’ve been curious about the personal story of?
OLYPHANT: I love music. I haven’t thrown out my CD collection. It was a big deal, growing up with my brothers. It’s been a big deal, my whole life, seeing music, listening to music, and talking about music. I wish it was something that came easy to me. It’s not. I’ve learned things for work, but it’s just not my language. But I love being around music, of all kinds.
What do you think this guy saw in this band? This type of job is a bit like herding cats. It’s hard to keep track of rock stars. So, what do you think made this band worth it to him?
OLYPHANT: Well, it’s a good job. If that’s what you do for a living and if you can hook a big fish that’s gonna carry you for a while, that’s pretty huge. You’re so dependent on the band’s success to maintain your job, to be part of that family, and to not have to keep looking for other bands. Even in the show, it’s such a sought after gig. This band is blowing up, and he’s pretty sure that there’s not gonna be any band that’s that successful, that’s gonna be easy. You know what you’re getting into.
Because of the structure of the storytelling of this, we’re experiencing this story in its wildest moments, but also through reflection with each of these characters. What was it like to build your character in that way?
OLYPHANT: We talked about where we wanted to see him go, and gave some hint of that. A lot of it was in the book already. A lot of it was just about how you wanna look. I don’t know what those other actors are telling you, but the fact is that most of us spend our time thinking about how we’re gonna look.
Read more at Collider.
Timothy Olyphant attends Netflix’s ‘Santa Clarita Diet’ Season 3 Premiere at Hollywood Post 43 on March 28, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
Netflix today announced a March 29 premiere date for Season 3!
Timothy Olyphant arrives at The Paley Center for Media’s 2013 benefit gala honoring FX Networks with the Paley Prize for Innovation & Excellence at Fox Studio Lot on October 16, 2013 in Century City, California.
Timothy Olyphant arrives at the L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Culinary Event Benefiting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation at Culver Studios on September 28, 2013 in Culver City, California.
Sorry for the delay!