Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Elmore Leonard on TV!

According to that slick little West Coast tabloid, The Hollywood Reporter, FX Networks ordered 13 episodes of Lawman, a series based on a character created by Elmore Leonard -- US Marshal Raylan Givens. Remember him? He wore a big cowboy hat? 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" and "Riding the Rap."

The Hollywood Reporter says the series, written by Graham Yost (Speed, Hard Rain), 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.

Read more on Elmore's website.

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