Quentin Tarantino To Reunite With Timothy Olyphant As Director Of ‘Justified: City Primeval’ Episodes

Quentin Tarantino loves Westerns. He loves Elmore Leonard novels. He also must love working with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood actor Timothy Olyphant, because the two will reunite when Tarantino directs episodes of the FX limited series revival, Justified: City Primeval.

Because no show ever stays gone for long anymore, FX is reviving Justified, the series that ran for six seasons and starred Olyphant as U.S Marshal Raylan Givens, a character from multiple Leonard novels. Interestingly, the TV series will be based on a complete different Leonard book franchise, City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit, which typically centers on Detective Raymond Cruz.

Tarantino is a big fan of Leonard, having adapted his book Rum Punch into 1997’s Jackie Brown. According to Deadline, he’s also looking to do other projects based on Leonard adaptations, including another Western, Forty Lashes Less One. When it comes to Justified: City Primeval, he’s only expected to direct an episode or two.

While Tarantino is supposedly retiring after one more film, TV remains wide open to him. He’s directed for the small screen before, on an episode of CSI and an episode of ER, which is when he first worked with future From Dusk til Dawn co-star, George Clooney.

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