"Lawman" stars Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens, a character featured in Leonard's story "Fire in the Hole." Givens in a U.S. Marshal, described in FX's press release as "a modern day 19th century-style lawman enforcing his brand of justice in a way that puts a target on his back with criminals and places him at odds with his bosses in the Marshal service." As a result, he's assigned to the district covering his old home town in rural Kentucky.
Olyphant as a tough, soft-spoken lawman? However will "Deadwood" fans learn to adapt? It certainly marks a quick return to the network for Olyphant, last seen on the cable network's "Damages."
Leonard will executive produce "Lawman," which was adapted for the small screen by Graham Yost ("Boomtown") and directed by Michael Dinner ("Karen Sisco").
"FX has been fortunate to employ some of the finest writers working in television and we’re lucky to add an outstanding talent like Graham Yost to that growing list," says FX President John Landgraf. "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."
"Lawman" will begin production in Southern California (following a pilot shot in Pittsburgh and Miami) this fall and will premiere on FX in the spring 2010
"Like the other shows we’ve partnered on with FX -- 'The Shield,' 'Rescue Me' and 'Damages' -- the pedigree of talent behind and in front of the camera on Lawman is outstanding,” said Zack Van Amburg, President, Programming, Sony Pictures Television. "This gripping narrative of justice being served has such universal themes, it’s sure to resonate with FX’s viewers."