‘Justified’ EP Chris Provenzano Inks AMC Overall Deal, To Adapt Gunsights
Justified executive producer Chris Provenzano has signed an overall deal with AMC. Under the pact, he already is working on a drama series project, an adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s 1979 novel Gunsights. This makes it a nice continuation for Provenzano, who spent the last five years on FX drama Justified, based on Leonard’s novella Fire In The Hole.
Considered Leonard’s final Western novel, Gunsights, set in 1893, centers on two tough men and friends, scout Dana Moon and Army man Brendan Early, who used to work together, including a mission chasing an Apache chief into Mexico. Now, the two former partners are on the opposite sides of a conflict between a mining company and a scattering of settlers on an Arizona mountainside: Apaches, Mexicans, and former 10th Cavalry regulars. Brendan is employed by the mining company attempting to drive the settlers out of their homes, while Dana is an Indian agent, defending them.
When ‘Justified’ (almost) met ‘Sons Of Anarchy
“At the very end, we had Raylan heading to the desert in California for a showdown with whoever survived on ‘Sons of Anarchy,’” Graham Yost told HLN at the Austin Television Festival.
It was just one of the scenarios the creator of ‘Justified’ suggested before settling on the ending viewers will find on “Justified: The Complete Final Season” now available on Blu-ray and DVD.
According to Yost, the ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ idea was inspired by a book Elmore Leonard was working on when he died in 2013, that would have sent Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens to California. ‘Justified’ was based on stories written by Leonard and when deciding how to wrap up the show, Yost and his writers asked themselves, “What Would Elmore Do?”
“We knew Raylan wasn’t going to die. That’s just not Elmore Leonard,” Yost said. “He didn’t kill off the good guys. What it boiled down to for us was: Will Raylan kill Boyd?”
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Graham Yost Interview in Austin Chronicle
The Austin Chronicle
Nine years after its publication, Justified premiered on the F/X network in 2010 with Timothy Olyphant as a Federal Marshall and Walton Goggins as his nemesis. In April, after six seasons, Justified ended the same way it began: facing off Givens/Olyphant and Crowder/Goggins. Graham Yost, who developed the series for TV, appears eager to return to the ATX Television Festival and discuss it.
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Sam Elliott Wins Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series at Critics Choice Awards for Justified
By Jorge Solis
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Author Anna Clark explores Michigan’s rich literary history
Michigan has a long and well-known history of car manufacturing, mining, logging, and agriculture.
But there’s something else this state produces: writers.
Anna Clark’s new book explores the lives of ten of Michigan’s most notable writers. Michigan Literary Luminaries: from Elmore Leonard to Robert Hayden is a collection of essays that are not just biographies.
Let Your Characters Do the Talking
Elmore “Dutch” Leonard died cool. There’s a certain kind of magic in a man who came of age during the Great Depression and refused to become dated, repetitive, or, worst of all, soft. Not only was he one of the best crime writers of all time, he was—no matter the year—the hippest.
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Forging a connection with a car that saved my life
The Dallas Morning News
Elizabeth HamiltonI read Hombre while driving west. I read how John Russell gave his life for some people who thought he was less than the clotted mud on the soles of his moccasins.
Because I loved the character so much, I named my car after him.
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Justified receives Five Nominations for Critics Choice Awards
By Erik Pedersen
The heroes and villains of Kentucky’s Harlan County are gone but apparently not forgotten. Nominations are out for the fifth annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards, and FX’s recently-wrapped Justified scooped the most of any regular series. The down-home neo-Western based on Elmore Leonard’s work has five noms, including Best Drama Series — its first since the inaugural CCTAs in 2011 — and mentions for original cast members Timothy Olyphant, Walton Goggins and Joelle Carter, and guest star Sam Elliott. Goggins also is nominated for his guest turn on another popular FX drama that ended its run this past season:
Are the Justified Producers Developing Mr. Paradise for TV?
Deadline.com reported today that Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly (Timberman/Beverly) are developing a cable adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s novel, Mr. Paradise for Sony TV. Sarah and Carl are the producers who developed Justified for FX Networks and Sony TV.
Saying Goodbye To ‘Justified’: Is This TV’s Great American Novel?
Brittany S Frederick
If you’re a reader, you’ve probably heard the expression “Great American Novel.” It refers to a fictional work that displays the culture of the United States at a specific time, and figuratively, is the term for the greatest American book ever written.
As the last episode of FX’s Justified is on the horizon, it becomes apparent that the Timothy Olyphant led series could be TV’s equivalent of the Great American Novel, both literally and figuratively.
One needs only to look to its ultimate source: Elmore Leonard, one of the great authors in American history. His writing could never be compared, as he had a distinct voice unlike any other. He also had the talent to capture places and times in print, and then create characters that fit perfectly into those settings.
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