Timothy Olyphant is officially reprising his role as U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens after FX announced a Justified revival has been ordered to series, titled Justified: City Primeval (via Variety).
It was previously reported back in March 2021 that the project, based on the Elmore Leonard novel City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit, was in the works.
“Justified: City Primeval picks up with Givens eight years after he left Kentucky behind,” reads the series synopsis. “He 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.”
The limited series will be co-written by Dave Andron and Michael Dinner, who will serve as showrunners and executive producers on the limited series with Dinner also directing. Olyphant is set to executive produce along with Justified creator Graham Yost, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly, Peter Leonard, Taylor Elmore, and Chris Provenzano. Elmore and Provenzano will also write for the series, along with V.J. Boyd, Eisa Davis, and Ingrid Escajeda. The series is produced by Sony Pictures Television and FX Productions.
“Justified was one of the most critically acclaimed shows of the past decade and an adaption of Elmore Leonard’s work that was so colorfully brought to life by Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens, Graham Yost and the entire team of producers, writers, directors and cast,” said Eric Schrier, president of FX Entertainment. “To have this group come together again with Tim as Raylan in a new and different Elmore Leonard story is thrilling. I want to thank our showrunners Dave and Michael, and their fellow executive producers Tim, Graham, Sarah and Carl, the Elmore Leonard estate as well as our partners at Sony Pictures Television, for making this possible.”
“When Justified concluded, the love and affection for this exceptional series only grew and left audiences craving more Raylan Givens,” added Sony Pictures Television co-presidents Jeff Frost and Jason Clodfelter. “The iconic Elmore Leonard was one of the premier authors of our time and no one has quite captured his tone and authenticity as well as this Justified team. We look forward to experiencing the magic again of Tim, Graham, Dave, Michael and our preeminent executive producer team. We are so thrilled to be continuing this remarkable ride with our partners at FX.”
Justified aired for six seasons on FX between 2010-2015, winning a Peabody Award in 2011. The series earned eight Emmy nominations, including one for Olyphant for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 2011. In 2011, Margo Martindale won the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Mags Bennett. Jeremy Davies also won an Emmy for his role as Dickie Bennett in 2012.