Author Elmore Leonard, the famous writer behind the TV Series ‘Justified’, dies Tuesday morning at his home just outside Detroit. The bestselling author who has made about 46 novels which eventually led to movie and TV adaptations like “Out of Sight,” “Get Shorty,” and FX’s Emmy-winning “Justified” had been working on a new novel that he wasn’t able to finish because of death.
Before he died, he was about to finish this novel about competitive bull riding, a follow-up to 2012’s “Raylan,” about the complicated “Justified” lawman played by Timothy Olyphant. Justified was Leonard’s favorite on-screen adaptation of his writing because he felt that Olyphant perfectly brought to life the Raylan Givens he created on paper.
“[Timothy] does the character exactly the way I saw it. I had envisioned Raylan as just a new marshal. He had to learn, he made mistakes; that was the first book. But then he grows up in a hurry, and finally I began to write him as a heroic character,” Leonard said in a post he made last year. “When I wrote ‘Fire in the Hole,’ [that version of the character] was the one I wanted. That’s the guy that Timothy picked up and modeled himself after.”
You will surely remember the memories of Leonard when you watch a few episodes of Justified and see how he has influenced mankind with his creative works.