Tuesday, July 28, 2009

FX Networks Orders 13 Episode Series of Lawman, Based on a Character Created by Elmore Leonard

When the Women Come Out to Dance: Stories by Elmore Leonard

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that FX Networks has ordered 13 episodes of Lawman, a series based on a character, US Marshal Raylan Givens, created by Elmore Leonard. Givens most recently appeared in the short story "Fire in the Hole", which was included in the 2002 anthology When the Women Come Out to Dance. The character also appeared in earlier stories "Pronto" (1993) and "Riding the Rap" (1995).

The series is written by Graham Yost (Speed, Hard Rain) and stars Timothy Olyphant as Marshal Givens, a 19th century-style lawman enforcing his own brand of justice in today's world. Production will start this fall in Southern California with a spring 2010 premiere.

"Graham began with a memorable character from one of America’s foremost crime novelists, Elmore Leonard, and we scored the hat-trick signing Tim Olyphant, who is absolutely pitch-perfect in the role of Raylan Givens," said John Landgraf, president and general manager of FX Networks.

Olyphant most recently appeared as Wes Krulik in the second season of the FX Networks production Damages.

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