McShane played saloon and brothel owner Al Swearengen on the Western drama for three seasons before the show ended in 2006. The cast also included Timothy Olyphant, Molly Parker, Jim Beaver, and John Hawkes.
Earlier, we reported that HBO and series creator David Milch were moving along with plans to adapt the series as a film. McShane said he hopes the movie happens soon:
Of course I’d love to reprise that. How could one not, when it was snatched away rather unjustly by a combination of forces we’ll never know about – hubris or money or whatever. But [Deadwood] certainly finished too early. At the time, most of us working on the show were incredulous. It’s been announced by HBO so its not like I’m saying it. I know for a fact David is working on the script. It’s been 10 years since it finished. [Star Timothy Olyphant’s] free from Justified. I’m hoping they’ll make the deal soon, for two or four hours, whatever they decide on. It was a very close knit group of actors on it. We got along very well. I’m sure David will decide to set it 10 years later, after the great fire or whatever happened in Deadwood. They haven’t done the deal yet. They [were planning] to do it late this year or early next year.”
McShane is currently working on Starz’s upcoming series American Gods.
What do you think? Are you a fan of Deadwood? Do you want a movie?