Sony has beefed up security on the Chicago set of ‘Justified: City Primeval’, hiring a team of ex-military Navy SEALs and Army Rangers after a drive-by shooting last week breached the filming barricade of the movie. production, the studio confirmed on Monday.
News broke on Wednesday that production of the limited series starring Timothy Olyphant was halted when two vehicles crashed into the set as their drivers exchanged gunfire. A local Chicago Journal report now says four cars were involved in the incident, which then drove through nearby neighborhoods and fired about 30 shots. No injuries related to the case have been reported.
The ex-military team – led by a trained hostage negotiator who provides global security details – will work alongside production security and the Chicago Police Department to secure the location ahead of filming .
As an additional precautionary measure, shuttle buses were made available to local crew members who did not feel comfortable driving on set, in addition to pre-existing transport accommodations for workers who had traveled from Los Angeles.
The sequel to FX’s Western crime drama “Justified,” “City Primeval” sees Olyphant reprise his role as U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens. Based on Elmore Leonard’s book “City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit,” the eight-episode series follows Givens eight years after moving from Kentucky to Miami for his daughter. There are only a few weeks of shooting left.
Dick Wolf’s “Chicago Med” also reported bullets going through a fence and hitting a trailer on the same day, Deadline reported, though details are unavailable pending an ongoing CPD investigation. No one was injured in this incident, which appears to be unrelated.