Last August, former Deadwood co-star Garret Dillahunt reported that he had heard “credible rumors” that a Deadwood movie was possibly coming together. Amazingly, HBO confirmed that early talks with series creator David Milch about a Deadwood revival film had actually happened. Now, HBO appears to be more firmly committed to bringing back its iconic western series.
While appearing at the Television Critics Association press tour, HBO President Michael Lombardo revealed that the network has already given Milch the go-ahead to make the Deadwood movie a reality.
“David has our commitment that we are going to do it,” said Lombardo during an interview with TVLine. “He pitched what he thought generally the storyline would be — and knowing David, that could change. But it’s going to happen.”
Lombardo described the revival as a movie instead of a limited series, and added that Milch “has something left unsaid [about Deadwood]… I’ve known him for a while and it feels like it’s something he’s not done talking about.” The catch is that Milch is currently working on another project—presumably, the William Faulker adaptation he’s had in the works since 2011—and will be unable to begin working on the Deadwood revival immediately.
“But the understanding is that when he is done with that he will turn his attention to [writing the] script for the Deadwood film,” related Lombardo.
Getting the major cast members of Deadwood to reunite after a decade apart could also be tricky, as Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant, Molly Parker, Kim Dickens, Anna Gunn, Paula Malcomson, and other performers are still in high demand, However, Lombardo expressed his confidence that the Deadwood movie will come together.
“The cast is unbelievably [tight],” added Lombardo. “Some casts and creators form a bond that becomes relevant for the rest of their lives. This was a defining moment for a lot of them.”
HBO has not yet set a potential time frame for the Deadwood revival movie to begin production.
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