The moment that “Deadwood” fans have been waiting over a decade for has finally arrived.
During his appearance at the TCA summer press tour today, HBO President Casey Bloys announced that the long-awaited “Deadwood” movie is officially a-go at the network. Production is reportedly set to begin in October of this year, with the hope of making a possible spring 2019 release date on the network. The script was penned by series creator, David Milch, with Daniel Minahan – a “Deadwood” veteran – set to direct it.
There have been rumors of a “Deadwood” movie or continuation possibly happening at HBO for several years now, with budget negotiations and scheduling conflicts having been a constant hurdle for it. Now, it looks like, those issues have been resolved, with the show’s many stars set to return for the film.
The news of the movie’s greenlight comes 12 years after “Deadwood” went off the air back in 2006, after having run for a total of 3 seasons (36 episodes) on HBO. Often considered one of the greatest TV shows in history, the series raked in a total of 28 Emmy Award nominations and 8 wins throughout its original tenure.
Set in the real-life town of Deadwood, S.D. in the 1870s, the series focused on the lives of its inhabitants as Deadwood itself slowly evolved from a camp into a full-fledged, prosperous town. Its original cast included Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant, John Hawkes, Molly Parker, Kim Dickens, Robin Weigert, W. Earl Brown, Paula Malcomson, and more.
Details about the film’s plot, including how it will and won’t pick up where the original series left off, or about its wide array of returning characters, are currently being kept under wraps.