Olyphant in FX Channel’s Fire in the Hole

Timothy Olyphant must really like the idea of playing a U.S. marshal in the new TV series Fire in the Hole, because he’s putting aside a thriving movie career to take the lead in the new series for the FX Channel and creator/producer Graham Yost (“Speed”). According to THR, the show would see Olyphant, who previously played a cowboy Sheriff in the HBO series Deadwood, playing a U.S. Marshal name Raylan Givens who returns to his hometown in Kentucky to pursue a criminal.

Fire in the Hole is based on a short story by crime novelist Elmore Leonard (“Get Shorty”, “Out of Sight”), and here’s a great description of it from Book Page:

U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens journeys back to his roots in an Eastern Kentucky coal-mining town to pursue Boyd Crowder, a white supremacist income tax evader who plans to blow up a Cincinnati IRS building. Crowder likes to shout “fire in the hole,” a coal mining phrase used before exploding a charge, whenever he blows up something.

In true Leonard fashion, Givens and Crowder have a begrudging respect for each other, a holdover from their coal mining days together. Crowder’s sister-in-law, Ava, carrier of a long-burning torch for Givens and a long-barreled rifle, confuses the mix. Throw in several rednecks, more shotguns and a rocket launcher, and the stage is set for a wild ride through Leonardland, where the talk is tough, honor is everything and a promise is a promise.

Obviously they’ll have to alter the story a tad for a TV series, since I’m not sure if you can string along the hunt for the bomber throughout an entire series. It would get old pretty quick, I’d think.

But I’m a fan of Olyphant from his Deadwood days, and look forward to what he can do here. The FX Channel has always been known for their “out of the box” thinking (that’s also their motto, I believe), so this shouldn’t be your traditional law-and-order show. Olyphant, meanwhile, is currently shooting the horror remake of George Romero’s “The Crazies”.

Below: Well, that’s one way to get people’s attention off the dome.