Justified Production Shuts Down After Dangerous Gun Battle

By Britta DeVore | Published


The cast and crew of FX’s Justified revival series to come to a screeching halt. On Wednesday night, terror struck as two cars engaged in a gun battle burst through the barricades on the set of the revival series titled Justified: City Primeval. Thankfully, no members of the cast or crew were injured and production is taking a brief hiatus, preparing to head back to set on Monday. The incident occurred in Chicago near Douglass Park. 

Justified: City Primeval will see fan-favorite Timothy Olyphant step back into the role of Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens. The original series landed on the network back in 2010 and ran for six seasons before being canceled. Pulling its script from Elmore Leonard’s tales of the character Raylan Givens, the series takes place high in the hills of Kentucky’s Appalachian mountains. Justified followed the U.S. Marshal who lives to enforce the law by his own means. A well-loved production by fans and critics alike, the series would quickly draw the attention of the award circuit including the Primetime Emmys. 

Thinking they should bring back a good thing, FX announced that Justified: City Primeval was in the making earlier this year. This time, the screenplay will be plucked from Elmore Leonard’s book, City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit. Audiences will reconnect with Givens almost a decade after he left the gun-slingin’ hills of Kentucky. His eyes set on warmer weather and palm trees, the beginning of the series will see the U.S. Marshal residing in sunny Miami. But, not for long. After a mysterious and dangerous run-in on a Florida highway, Givens packs his bags and heads north for the gritty city of Detroit. It’s here that he’ll meet his match, Clement Mansell (Boyd Holbrook). Nicknamed The Oklahoma Wildman, Mansell is known for his brutal and psychopathic ways, giving the local law enforcement team a run for their money. Prepared to take on the task at hand, Givens is more than willing to wrangle the madman. The series also features Aunjanue Ellis, Adelaide Clemens, Vondie Curtis Hall, and Marin Ireland. 

The news of the spray of bullets on the set of Justified: City Primeval is the second of its kind in just this week. A tragically similar circumstance left one crew member of NBC’s Law & Order: Organized Crime dead on Tuesday morning. The event happened in Brooklyn, New York’s Greenpoint neighborhood. Known for being a busy and “safe” area with lots of foot traffic, restaurants, bars, and million-dollar apartments, shots rang out in the early morning hours killing Johnny Pizarro. A young man in his early 30s, Pizarro was just doing his job of reserving parking spaces for the production when he was shot and killed. 

The latest firing of bullets on the set of Justified: City Primeval is just another reminder of the gun violence our country faces each day. While no one was hurt in this instance, it’s only a matter of time for the next occurrence to take place and possibly hurt or claim the life of another.