Production of FX’s Justified: City Primeval was interrupted again Monday by a violent incident from outside the show’s set.
The series was filming in Chicago’s South Loop area Monday night when someone threw what police described as an “incendiary device” toward the set. The device didn’t explode, according to a report from WLS-TV, and no one was hurt. Police are investigating the incident, but no arrests have been made as of publication time.
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FX Chairman John Landgraf was asked about the July 21 shooting incident on the Chicago set of the network’s upcoming limited series Justified: City Primeval. The incident involved cars whose occupants were engaged in a gunfight smashing through safety barricades. It led to a temporary production halt and the implementation of additional security measures, including bringing in a trained hostage negotiator and his team, which includes former members of the Navy SEALs and Army Rangers.
“I think it was a pretty traumatic experience for the cast and crew to be anywhere near that kind of gunfire,” Landgraf said during the FX executive session at TCA. “A lot was done to take a break and make sure everyone was OK, and we [increased] security.”
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Deadline has learned that a trained hostage negotiator who provides security detail globally has arrived in Chicago to provide an added later of defense from outside threats. His team, which includes former members of the Navy SEALs and Army Rangers, will focus primarily on future locations to make them as safe as possible.
The team will work in concert with production’s existing security team and the Chicago Police Department.
An additional precaution was made for local crew members who don’t want to drive to set. Shuttles are now available for everyone, not just those who traveled to Chicago from Los Angeles.
Production was altered this week so cast and crew will be working on stages while their safety plans are reassessed. There are only a few more weeks of filming in Chicago for the eight-episode limited series.
The changes in security come after after cars whose occupants were engaged in a gunfight in July 21 smashed through the show’s barricades. No one was injured, though multiple shell casings were found on the set. The cast and crew hit the ground and took cover when the incident occurred near the city’s Douglass Park. Star Timothy Olyphant, who is reprising his role as U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, was present.
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Variety has confirmed that on Wednesday night the two cars broke through the barricades while the show, titled “Justified: City Primeval,” was filming in Chicago near Douglass Park.
No one in the cast or crew was injured in the incident.
Production on the series is currently scheduled to resume on Monday.
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Justified: City Primeval has currently taken over the entire Chicago Studio City complex for the summer. The much anticipated show is a reboot of the two time Emmy winning FX Justified which aired for six seasons from 2010 through 2015. Episodes one and two will begin filming this Wednesday.
The limited series based on Elmore Leonard’s novel City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit, stars Timothy Olyphant, reprising his role as U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens. The story which is set in Detroit, is expected to film in Chicago through late August, with plans to do location filming in Detroit in August.
Quentin Tarantino is among the eight executive producers on the show. It has been rumored for months that Tarantino will direct an episode but it appears that writer / director / showrunner, Michael Dinner will likely direct the first episode.
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Confirming last year’s reports of a possible revival, FX announced Friday a new show titled Justified: City Primeval.
The story is inspired by Elmore Leonard’s novel City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit.
Here’s the storyline: “Having left the hollers of Kentucky eight years ago, Raylan 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 grayer, 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.”
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