A “Deadwood” Movie Might Actually Be Happening
HBO just gave David Milch the green light.
In the early 2000s, there was one show on television that threw some actors—Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant, John Hawkes, and Anna Gunn, just to name a few—into the disgusting, dirty world of 1870s South Dakota, and somehow made it fascinating. HBO‘s Deadwood was a cult classic, a great historical primer for ghost town visits with your family, and impeccably acted, but didn’t have the ratings that the cable network needed to keep it on the air and was cancelled after three seasons.
Ever since the period series went off the air in 2006, fans have been clamoring for its return in one form or another and, today, it seems like that dream is closer than ever. At this year’s TCA presentations, HBO’s president Michael Lombardo revealed that they had an upcoming Deadwood movie in the works: “David has our commitment that we are going to do it. He pitched what he thought generally the storyline would be — and knowing David, that could change. But it’s going to happen.”
While this is just the first step in a long journey to getting back to the muddy streets and disease-riddled whore houses of Deadwood, HBO’s newfound commitment to the show’s creator David Milch is encouraging. Lombardo also had no concern about getting the whole gang back together:
The cast is unbelievably [tight]. 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.
It was a defining moment for a lot of us too, Mike.