FX calls up 'Lawman'

Series starring Timothy Olyphant nabs 13-episode order

"Lawman" is a go at FX with a 13-episode order.

The cable network has picked up to series the pilot, previously known as untitled Elmore Leonard or "Fire in the Hole."

Written by Graham Yost, "Lawman" is based on the Leonard character Raylan Givens featured in his short story "Fire in the Hole."

Timothy Olyphant stars as U.S. Marshal Givens, 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.

"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," said John Landgraf, president and general manager of FX Networks.

"Lawman," produced by Sony Pictures TV and FX Prods., will start production on its series order this fall in Southern California for a spring 2010 premiere.

Yost is exec producing with Leonard, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly and Michael Dinner, who directed the pilot.

"Lawman" marks the fourth series collaboration between FX and Sony which also has produced the network's dramas "The Shield," "Rescue Me" and "Damages."

"This gripping narrative of justice being served has such universal themes, it's sure to resonate with FX's viewers," said Sony TV's president of programming Zack Van Amburg.

The project was packaged by CAA.