The much-anticipated, and long-in-development, Deadwood movie is looking to start production in the fall of 2018. HBO has not made an official statement on the revival but the David Milch series has been given the green light. Milch’s script for the film, which looks to tie up many loose ends from the series original third season, is said to be making the rounds with many of the original cast.
HBO programming executive Casey Bloys said that the “script is terrific” and has been talking to directors. The highly anticipated Deadwood film has been in talks since August 2015. Creator David Milch said earlier this year at TCA that he turned in a script that would appeal to fans and non-fans alike.
Bloys expanded on his comments this past summer, lending credence to this report:
“The one thing that I was concerned about have I wanted a script that would stand on its own. David [Milch] totally delivered on that. I think it’s a terrific script. If we can do it on a budget that makes sense for us, and if we can get the cast together, we’re inclined to do it.”
The recent surge in TV revivals puts Deadwood in a good position to actually see the light of day again. This last summer’s Twin Peaks revival showed that its possible to bring back even the most singular shows and deliver something different and off-beat (though not to all the same degree of satisfaction). Deadwood creator David Milch is a seasoned vet that constructs compelling narratives with memorable characters so expanding on Deadwood‘s already great three-season tenure is an incredibly fruitful notion. No one made swearing sound so poetic and it would be a welcome return to TV to hear some of the best dialogue of any series returns to screens.
The HBO drama ran from 2004-2006 and was a hit with fans even if it went under the radar for many general viewers. The incredible cast of Deadwood was lead by Timothy Olyphant, who went on to play a similar, though updated version of his character on FX’s Justified, a show that would also feature fellow Deadwood alums W. Earl Brown, Jim Beaver, Garret Dillahunt, Brent Sexton, Ray McKinnon, Sean Bridgers, and Gerald McRaney.
The show’s other lead and foil to Olyphant’s Seth Bullock was Ian McShane’s Al Swearengen. Rounding out the impressive cast was a plethora of recognizable faces which included Molly Parker (House of Cards), Kim Dickens (Fear the Walking Dead), Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad), John Hawkes (From Dusk Till Dawn), Dayton Callie (Sons of Anarchy), Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story), Jeffrey Jones (Beetlejuice), and Chucky himself – Brad Dourif!
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Source: TV Line