Back in 2010, FX adapted Elmore Leonard's U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens into the hit series "Justified." And now TNT may soon have its own U.S. Marshal drama.
According to Deadline, "The Shield" creator, Shawn Ryan is teaming up with Gregg Hurwitz to adapt his character, U.S. Marshall Tim Rackley into a weekly TV series.
Rackley is described as "a lawman driven by honor, morality, and a thirst for justice" and he seems to be primarily based on the west coast of the United States. Rackley has previously appeared in Hurwitz's novels "The Kill Clause," "The Program," "Troubleshooter" and "Last Shot;" which pit Rackley against a mind control cults, an extremely deadly motorcycle gang and a vigilante group that manages to recruit Rackley after he suffers a personal tragedy.
In addition to his work on "The Shield," Ryan has also executive produced "Terriers," "The Chicago Code" and "Lie To Me" as well as the upcoming pilot, "The Last Resort" at ABC. Hurwitz is primarily known as a novelist, but he has also sold screenplays to Warner Brothers and Double Nickel Entertainment in addition to serving as a consultant on the "V" revival on ABC.
Although "Justified" and this currently untitled Tim Rackley project both of have protagonists in the U.S. Marshal service, the core characters appear to be different enough to allow both to co-exist. Sony Pictures TV is also producing both the Rackley project and "Justified;" which will also undercut any perceived competition between the two series.
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