Timothy Olyphant is set to grace our TV screens once more as FX greenlights a sequel series to its hit crime neo-western Justified. Titled Justified: City Primeval, the show sees Olyphant reprise the iconic role of US Marshall Raylan Givens once more in this brand new Elmore Leonard adaptation.
The show’s synopsis is as follows:
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, 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. 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.
Word of a Justified spin-off surfaced last year when Variety reported that FX was planning to adapt the Leonard novel City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit. The trade speculated then that Olyphant could be attached to star but we’re only seeing the confirmation right now.
All in all very exciting news for Justified fans like myself. If only Walton Goggins‘ Boyd Crowder could make an appearance as well.