At the New York Television Festival this week, “Justified” showrunner Graham Yost — among other things — confirmed that “Justified” will only run for six seasons total, according to EW.
“Longer than that,” Yost said, “they run a greater risk of doing ‘Elmore light,’ which no one wants.”
Yost also revealed that nothing has been written for Dewey Crowe (Damon Herriman) or Dickie Bennett (Jeremy Davis) yet, who may or may not appear in season four (his character is currently in prison). He did say, however, that another chunk from Elmore Leonard’s novel, Raylan will appear this season, but he did not specify which chunk, and that there will be a backwoods snake-handling church involved in the first four episodes. He also gave some details on Patton Oswalt’s role in the fourth season. He’ll play Constable Bob.
“There’s this weird thing in Kentucky where each county has one or two constables, and it’s an elected position, but your salary is, like, $2,000 a year. You’ve got to pay for your own car, your own light bar, your own uniform. But what they get to do with that is serve papers,” Yost explained. “And they can charge $60 for serving papers, whereas the State Police has to charge $80. So they undercut the State Police, and that’s how they make money. So we just liked the idea of this sort of cop wannabe, who’s kind of a cop, interacting with Raylan some.”
Finally, Yost also revealed that he tried to talk Johnny Depp into starring in the John Woo directed 1996 movie, Broken Arrow, which Yost wrote and woudl eventually star Christian Slater.
I spent half an hour with Johnny Depp trying to convince him to do it instead of doing Nick of Time,” Yost said. “Nick of Time, I understand, is a very bad movie. I’ve never seen it, but I understand it’s a very bad movie. I cannot honestly tell you that Broken Arrow is a good movie, so I don’t know if he made the wrong choice. But, I gave it my best shot. It’s just this punk from “21 Jump Street.” It was like, ‘Ohmygod, I gotta talk to this teen heartthrob.’ Little did I know.”
Broken Arrow really wasn’t much better than Nick of Time. It’s kind of a wash, really.
If you haven’t seen it, here’s the season four “Justified” teaser.