There is some exciting news circulating around the upcoming Justified revival. Deadline is reporting that director Quentin Tarantino is in early talks to direct an episode or two of the series. Tarantino, known mostly for his feature films, has worked on the small screen before. He previously directed episodes of ER and CSI. The director also has connections to the series that might make this a natural fit.


The director is no stranger to working with Justified star Timothy Olyphant, who is returning to the role of US Marshal Raylan Givens. Tarantino worked with him on his last film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. He is also a fan of Elmore Leonard, who created the character Raylan Givens. Elmore’s stories are the basis for the original Justified series and its upcoming revival. Tarantino also adapted the Leonard novel Rum Punch into his film Jackie Brown. During his career, Tarantino has optioned several Leonard titles and has also talked about possibly directing one of his Western stories, Forty Lashes Less One. Based on these connections, it seems things are lining up for a potential collaboration.

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The new series will take its inspiration from Elmore Leonard’s novel City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit.  Leonard originally created the character, Raylan Givens, and made appearances in several of his novels, including the novella “Fire in the Hole” which would later become the basis for the original Justified series. 

Set to return to work on the series is the original showrunner, Graham Yost. Yost along with Timothy Olyphant will executive produce.  Dave Andron who served as a first-run writer on the original, alongside director Michael Dinner, will also handle showrunner responsibilities.  Joining Yost and Olyphant as executive producers are Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly, Peter Leonard, Taylor Elmore, and Chris Provenzano.  Elmore and Provenzano will also contribute as writers on the show


“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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Source: Deadline


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