Justified: City Primeval
Via EW.com: After seven years, Timothy Olyphant is back as U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens for a new season of Justified. But while he’s wearing the same hat and flashing the same badge as he did during the FX drama’s original six-season run, that’s about the only thing that’s carried over to Justified: City Primeval (premiering this July). “You’re not going to recognize anyone — the world, the relationships,” Olyphant tells EW. “I just don’t think you’re going to see what’s coming. On one hand, I really missed the cast from the original series, and on the other hand, I was so in awe and honored to work with the cast on this one.”
Having left the hollers of Kentucky 15 years ago, Raylan now lives in Miami, a walking anachronism balancing his life as a U.S. Marshal and part-time father of a 15-year-old girl, Willa (played by Timothy’s real-life 20-year-old daughter, Vivian Olyphant). When a chance encounter on a Florida highway sends Raylan and Willa to Detroit, he crosses paths with Clement Mansell (Boyd Holbrook), a.k.a. 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 with the help of his formidable lawyer Carolyn Wilder (Aunjanue Ellis). 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.
“For all intents and purposes, as far as I’m concerned, we are doing a new show,” showrunner Dave Andron tells EW. “Sure, we have Raylan — we knew that was money in the bank — and we have [author] Elmore’s book, but we had to create this whole new world for him to be in, this whole new cast of characters.” He pauses, then adds, “I was just trying to make sure we didn’t f— it up. We understood that we ended the show really well the first time around, so we didn’t take the plane back up lightly.”
The reason Andron and fellow showrunner Michael Dinner, who spoke to EW prior to the writers’ strike, risked that legacy to make a new, one-season version of Justified is simple: They all loved Leonard’s Detroit-set novel City Primeval too much to not adapt it into a Raylan story. “It’s kind of a gem in Elmore Leonard’s collection. This is kind of the granddaddy for Raylan’s character, in a way,” Dinner says. “We didn’t intend to reboot Justified, we didn’t intend to pick up where we left off, but we thought it would be interesting to, what I call, ‘do a mashup.’ What if we took our character and dropped him into the middle of this story, and yet pay homage to a character that was in the book and also do service to the book? It wasn’t so much trying to recapture the past, but to recapture the feeling that we had working together in the past, so we took Raylan and put him into this story.”
A lot has changed since Justified fans last saw Raylan, however. “He’s older. That’s the thing I notice most often,” Timothy says, before adding with a smile, “There’s less desire to run.”
“He’s older and wiser, but he’s still got it,” Dinner explains. “He has about five years before there’s a mandatory retirement in the Marshal service, so he’s coming to the end of that life. The road in front of this guy is a lot shorter than the road behind. We’re dealing with this next chapter of his life — we did Justified for six or seven years, and that was kind of like Act 1. This is Act 2 of his life, and it’s an existential story.”
Read more at EW.com!
Via Deadline: The world premiere of FX’s Justified: City Primeval is among the events scheduled for Opening Night of Season 12 of the ATX TV Festival, which runs June 1-4 in Austin.
From showrunners/executive producers Dave Andron and Michael Dinner based on the novel City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit, the eight-part limited series picks up 15 years after U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) left the hollers of Kentucky in FX’s Justified. A conversation with creatives and cast will follow the screening.
Read more at Deadline.
Based on the Elmore Leonard novel, the new limited series sees Timothy Olyphant’s U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens back — not in Kentucky but rather Detroit. The show takes place eight years after the ending of the original (which wrapped on April 14, 2015). Raylan is balancing life as a marshal and part-time father of 14-year-old Willa (played by Olyphant’s real-life daughter, Vivian). However a chance encounter on a Florida highway sends him to Detroit, where he crosses paths with Clement Mansell (Boyd Holbrook), aka The Oklahoma Wildman, a violent sociopath who’s already slipped through the fingers of Detroit’s finest once and wants to do so again.
(You’ll remember that the series finale of Justified jumps forward four years and we see Raylan working in a U.S. Marshal Miami outpost. His nemesis Boyd (Walter Goggins) is behind bars.)
What was the worst-case scenario that would possibly scare Olyphant off in returning?
“My biggest concern was that I’d only make a pile of money,” joked the actor to great laughs at Pasadena’s Langham Hotel ballroom.
Getting serious the actor said, “I didn’t have any concerns. I love these guys,” referring to his EPs Graham Yost, Michael Dinner, Dave Andron, Peter Leonard and Sarah Timberman, who were all onstage.
“I thought as long as we were still in the Elmore Leonard world, and the Graham Yost world that the two of them created, I just thought I’d be there for it,” said Olyphant.
Can we expect a further extension of the universe?
“I would show up,” exclaimed Olyphant.
Yost beamed, “Michael (Dinner) has been pitching since year one that it would take place in Italy or Hawaii!”
“He was in a position to make this one in Italy!” responded Olyphant enthusiastically.
“It’s an extension of the show in a storytelling mode, even if it’s Detroit. I feel like a hallmark of the original show is that you’d spin out into Margot Martindale and Kaitlyn Dever’s world and live there and leave our regulars,” said Timberman about City Primeval.
“I think this show repeats what Justified did so well, which is create these really detailed universes, people who aren’t good guys or bad guys, but grey guys,” she added.
One journalist in the room wondered if in its new setting, City Primeval would deal with the issue of race.
“It’s certainly front and center,” Dinner answered. “The world has changed, Raylan’s world has changed. It’s an issue, but we’re not putting it so front and center that it becomes a diatribe. But it was important for us to get it right.”
Deadline asked Olyphant about the July shooting which went down on the set, where two cars whose occupants were engaged in a gunfight smashed through the production’s barricades. City Primeval was forced to close down the set for a few days. Word was that Olyphant shielded a production assistant.
Said Olyphant about whether that occurred, he answered, “Not true — I shielded numerous people,” to great laughs in the room.
“In terms of shooting in Chicago – I love that town. Apparently a hundred rounds or so is not enough to fall out of love with Chicago,” said the actor when asked about whether he’d do another project again in the Windy City.
Added Dinner about Chicago, “I joke if it weren’t for the weather, I’d be living there. It’s such a great place, great people to work with.”
He continued, “We live in dangerous times. Any urban environment – we just live in a different world than it was 20 or 30 years ago. Chicago is a great place to live, it’s a great place to work. What happened that night was terrible. It was also an aberration.”
A lot has changed in the seven years since Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) had his final showdown and left Harlan behind in the Justified series finale. And when the fan-favorite lawman returns in FX’s highly anticipated new revival series, Justified: City Primeval, not only is he a new man, he’s also brought to a new city and faces a new formidable opponent, one more challenging than his former foe Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins).
All that “new” may be jarring for fans of the original run, but it’s what excited the showrunners about returning to the world of Justified. “We’re glad we could do this,” Michael Dinner tells EW.
“It’s very, very new. Not quite the old Justified,” Dave Andron adds. “Only people who read the book might have an idea, but I think people who haven’t, who just expect the old thing, are going to be very surprised.”
The revival picks up 10 years after the original series ended. Givens has left his hometown behind and now resides in Miami, balancing his life as a U.S. Marshal and part-time father of a 15-year-old girl (played by Olyphant’s real-life daughter, Vivian). But a chance encounter will send Givens to Detroit, where he crosses paths with a violent, sociopathic desperado who’s already slipped through the fingers of Detroit’s finest once and aims to do so again, and his powerful lawyer. 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.
Read more at EW.com
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.
Read more at The Hollywood Reporter
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.”
Read more at Deadline.
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.
Read more at Deadline.
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.
Read more at Variety.
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.
Read more at reelchicago.com
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.”
Read more at hollywoodreporter.com