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Justified: City Primeval Halts Production After Chicago Shootout Spills Over Onto Set of FX Series


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Timothy Olyphant in Justified/FX

FX has paused the production on Justified: City Primeval after two cars of men who were engaged in a shootout smashed through the show’s barricades on Wednesday night near Douglass Park in Chicago.

The cast (including star Timothy Olyphant) and crew were forced to take cover and hit the ground when the intrusion occurred, though no one was ultimately injured. Thankfully, as the gunfire grew louder, the show’s first AD reportedly told everyone via walkie talkie to “get down” due to “gunshots.” One PA, who according to Variety was across the street near a bus stop, “moved out of the way just in time because a bullet hit the glass of the bus stop and shattered the glass.”

The production had been prepping a chase scene on the street, which Chicago PD had closed at both ends from midnight to 4 a.m. The incident occurred around 1 a.m., when the two cars drove past the show’s U-Crane operators, forcing the crane to manuever away from the shootout.

Shell casings were later found on the set, which was closed on Thursday and remained dark on Friday. Production is expected to resume on Monday, according to Deadline.

Justified: City Primeval is an eight-episode limited series that takes place seven years after the events of Justified, and once again follows Olyphant’s U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens as he leaves the hills of Kentucky for the beaches of Miami. Olyphant, whose own daughter, Vivian, will co-star in the series, reportedly shielded a production assistant from the gunfire.

“The Chicago Police Department is committed to ensuring members of the city’s vibrant film and television community are able to do their jobs safely,” read a statement from the Chicago Police Department. “We work in close coordination with the Chicago Film Office, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and the Office of Emergency Management and Communications to ensure production crews have the resources necessary to feel safe and secure while filming in the city’s neighborhoods.”

Aunjanue Ellis, Boyd Holbrook, Adelaide Clemens, Marin Ireland, Norbert Leo Butz, Victor Williams, and Vondie Curtis Hall co-star in the series, which is based on Elmore Leonard‘s crime novel City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit.

Olyphant and Justified creator Graham Yost are executive producing alongside showrunners/writers Dave Andron and Michael Dinner, the latter of whom will also direct. The series hails from FX Productions and Sony Pictures Television, and producers are making sure that any cast or crew members who were left shaken up by the incident are receiving the support that they need.

The scary incident on the set of Justified spinoff occurred just one day after a production staffer was tragically shot and killed while working on the Brooklyn set of NBC’s Law & Order: Organized Crime.

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