Justified: City Primeval begins filming Wednesday at Chicago Studio City

Timothy Olyphant

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.

The limited series, produced by Sony Pictures Television and FX Productions, is based loosely on the book, described 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, 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.”

We will be posting regular updates throughout the filming of the series.


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