Justified: City Primeval
Based on
Developed byDave Andron & Michael Dinner[1]
Directed by
  • Michael Dinner
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producers
Production companies
Original networkFX

Justified: City Primeval is an upcoming American Western crime drama television miniseries developed by showrunners Dave Andron and Michael Dinner. The series continues the story from Justified taking inspiration from the Elmore Leonard novel City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit. Timothy Olyphant returns to star as Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens. Dinner will also direct. The series will air on FX, premiering in mid-2023.[2]


Raylan Givens left Kentucky for Miami, where he continues working as a U.S. Marshal while helping raise his daughter. He soon finds himself in Detroit, pursuing The Oklahoma Wildman, Clement Mansell, who has been eluding the Detroit police force.



No.TitleDirected byTeleplay by [1]Original air dateU.S. viewers
1TBAMichael Dinner[3]Dave Andron & Michael DinnerTBATBD
2TBATBADave Andron & Michael DinnerTBATBD
3TBATBAEisa Davis & Chris ProvenzanoTBATBD
5TBATBAEisa Davis & Chris ProvenzanoTBATBD
6TBATBATaylor Elmore & V.J. BoydTBATBD
7TBATBADave Andron & Michael DinnerTBATBD
8TBATBADave Andron & Michael DinnerTBATBD


The production team behind Justified announced that it was working together to develop a new series based on City Primeval by Elmore Leonard in March 2021. At the time, it was rumored to possibly be a Justified spin-off series.[4] FX confirmed the Justified revival speculation in January 2022 by announcing that a new Justified miniseries was in development, taking inspiration from City Primeval. Dave Andron and Michael Dinner were set as the showrunners, and Dinner would direct as well.[5] City Primeval follows a different character, so the story is being adjusted to use Raylan Givens as the protagonist instead. In February 2022, reports surfaced that Quentin Tarantino was in talks to possibly direct an episode or two as well since he is a fan of Leonard's work, having taken inspiration from Leonard in Tarantino's own works.[6] In April 2022, Tarantino was confirmed to not be directing the series.[3]

Timothy Olyphant agreed to reprise the role of Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens.[5] In May 2022, just before the start of production in Chicago, casting announcements added several starring actors to the cast, including Aunjanue Ellis, Boyd Holbrook, Adelaide Clemens, Vondie Curtis Hall, Marin Ireland, Victor Williams, Norbert Leo Butz, and Timothy Olyphant's daughter, Vivian Olyphant.[7][8] Ravi Patel was also added as a recurring cast member shortly afterward.[9]

The production was temporarily halted while filming in Chicago when four cars broke through set barricades while engaged in a gunfight.[10] Sony Pictures Television increased security to the production, but three weeks later, filming was interrupted again when an incendiary device was thrown towards the set. The device did not explode, and no one was injured.[11]


  1. ^ a b c "City Primeval". Writers Guild of America West. Retrieved September 18, 2022.
  2. ^ Bucksbaum, Sydney (December 20, 2022). "Justified: City Primeval showrunners explain why Raylan Givens is back: 'We thought we were done'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 20, 2022.
  3. ^ a b "Quentin Tarantino Will NOT Be Directing 'Justified: City Primeval,' Sources Tell SCREEN". Screen Magazine. April 28, 2022. Archived from the original on April 30, 2022. Retrieved September 25, 2022.
  4. ^ Otterson, Joe (March 17, 2021). "Justified Team Reunites to Develop Elmore Leonard Novel at FX, Timothy Olyphant Rumored to Return as Raylan Givens (Exclusive)". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved September 25, 2022.
  5. ^ a b Hibberd, James (January 14, 2022). "FX Reviving Justified Starring Timothy Olyphant for New Limited Series". The Hollywood Reporter. PMRC. Retrieved September 25, 2022.
  6. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr (February 24, 2022). "Quentin Tarantino In Early Talks To Direct Timothy Olyphant In Eps Of FX's Elmore Leonard Limited Series Justified: City Primeval". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved September 25, 2022.
  7. ^ Otterson, Joe (May 5, 2022). "Justified Revival at FX Adds Eight to Cast, Including Aunjanue Ellis, Boyd Holbrook, and Marin Ireland". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved September 25, 2022.
  8. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (May 5, 2022). "Justified Follow-Up Rounds Out Cast With Aunjanue Ellis, Boyd Holbrook, Marin Ireland and More". The Hollywood Reporter. PMRC. Retrieved September 25, 2022.
  9. ^ Cordero, Rosy (June 29, 2022). "Justified: City Primeval: Ravi Patel Set To Recur In FX Limited Series". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved September 25, 2022.
  10. ^ Rice, Lynette (July 22, 2022). "Justified: City Primeval Production Halted After Outsiders Engaged In Gun Battle Drive Through Barricades In Chicago; PD Releases Statement". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved September 25, 2022.
  11. ^ Porter, Rick (August 9, 2022). "Justified Sequel Faces Second Violent Incident Near Set". The Hollywood Reporter. PMRC. Retrieved September 25, 2022.