Lights. Camera. Action. HBO has given the green light to the Deadwood TV show revival movie. Today, during the TCA Summer Press Tour, Programming President Casey Bloys confirmed production would begin in October, possibly with an eye toward a spring 2019 premiere. The Deadwood movie had been expected since the project received a California tax credit in April, and creator David Milch has had a script ready since 2017.
An HBO Western, Deadwood premiered on March 21, 2004 and ran for three seasons, before being cancelled. The Deadwood TV series finale, episode 3.12, “Tell Him Something Pretty,” first aired on August 27, 2006. The series cast included: Molly Parker, Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Brad Dourif, W. Earl Brown, John Hawkes, Paula Malcomson, Dayton Callie, Leon Rippy, William Sanderson, Robin Weigert, Sean Bridgers, Bree Seanna Wall, Jim Beaver, Jeffrey Jones, Kim Dickens, Titus Welliver, Peter Jason, Anna Gunn, and the late Powers Boothe.
Here’s more on the Deadwood movie from The Hollywood Reporter:
Production on the film is set to begin in October, Bloys said, and he’s hoping for a premiere in spring 2019 on HBO. Deadwood creator David Milch is writing it, and Daniel Minahan, who helmed four episodes of the series, is attached to direct.
The production is in the process of lining up schedules for castmembers. Bloys demurred when asked for details, saying, “Let’s take the green light and celebrate that.”
Deadwood ran for three seasons on HBO from 2004 2006, earning eight Emmy wins and a devoted audience. The show ended on what was, to many viewers, an inconclusive note, and talk of — take your pick — a shortened fourth season, mini-series or movies has come up periodically practically since the moment the show ended.
Stories have shifted over the years as to why Deadwood ended after season three; at the time, Milch said he and HBO weren’t able to work out a deal for a fourth season, partly because he didn’t want to shorten the episode order.
In a 2012 interview, however, Milch said he “absolutely knew” he was writing a series finale with the last episode of season three.
The project has picked up more momentum in the past year. At TCA in July 2017, Bloys told reporters he had read a script from Milch. Then in January, Bloys said he was “optimistic” that production could begin in the fall.
What do you think? Were you a fan of the original Deadwood TV show? Do you plan to check out the Deadwood revival movie on HBO?