While the last couple of years have seen Quentin Tarantino talk about everything other than directing (writing multiple books, maybe a stage play, etc…), it appears the filmmaker is ready to get behind the camera again, but the situation might be pretty damn surprising. Instead of his next directorial gig being his “final” feature film, Tarantino could be stepping behind the camera to helm some episodes of “Justified.”
According to Deadline, Quentin Tarantino is in talks to direct one or two episodes of the upcoming revival series, “Justified: City Primeval.” After all of this time, why would Tarantino decide this was the TV project to work on? Well, there are likely a number of answers, including the fact that the filmmaker absolutely adores Elmore Leonard, the author who inspired “Justified” and the new sequel series, as well as the fact that QT has previously worked with TImothy Olyphant, the star of the series, on the film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”
But the truth is that we shouldn’t be too shocked Tarantino is in line to direct another Leonard story, as “Jackie Brown” is based on a story by the author and the filmmaker has developed other projects through the years inspired by the author’s work. ‘City Primeval’ is based on the novel of the same name, except replacing the story’s main protagonist with “Justified” character, Raylan Givens (Olyphant). The story takes place eight years after the first series and finds Givens living in Miami where he is raising his 14-year-old daughter. Through a series of events, the US Marshall gets pulled into a case in Detroit where he’s on the hunt for a murderer.
As mentioned, Tarantino seems to be perfectly content working on novels at this moment, as he has two in the works, which he has talked about quite extensively. He has also expressed his desire to work in theater at some point before perhaps helming his 10th and final feature. No word yet on what that feature might be.
‘City Primeval’ doesn’t yet have a release date on FX, but if Tarantino does sign on, you better believe it’ll be one of our most anticipated series.