When Deadwood came to a premature end after three seasons, HBO attempted to appease fans of the series with the promise of a potential TV movie followup.
That was in 2006, and it’s been a very, very long wait. Deadwood creator David Milch wrote a script for the film, but it still took a few additional years to come together. But at this year’s TCA summer press tour, HBO has finally given the Deadwood movie a greenlight.
Via Variety, HBO’s Casey Bloys confirmed the news while speaking with the press. Bloys indicated that it was “a logistics nightmare” bringing the Deadwood cast back together, but he indicated that it’s an obstacle which has been dealt with. Filming is expected to begin in October, and it may be ready for a premiere on HBO as soon as spring 2019. However, Bloys added that the debut date could be changed.
The Deadwood TV series mixed historical figures and true stories with fiction and original characters, and it was widely acclaimed during its short HBO run. Ian McShane headlined the show as Al Swearengen, the owner of the Gem Saloon and one of the most powerful men in town. Timothy Olyphant portrayed Sheriff Seth Bullock, and the rest of the cast included Paula Malcomson, W. Earl Brown, Molly Parker, Jim Beaver, Kim Dickens, Anna Gunn, Brad Dourif, and Jeffrey Jones.
It’s currently unclear when the Deadwood movie will take place, but if it reflects the 12 years since the end of the series, it may be set in the late 1880s or early 1890s.
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