Ever since “Deadwood” was canceled after three seasons in 2006, persistent and loyal fans have been calling for a proper ending. Creator David Milch said at the time that he’d wanted to make four full seasons, and fans were hoping he could at least wrap up everything with a movie, something HBO’s “Looking” did.
Now, after 12 years, HBO has announced that it is officially moving forward with a “Deadwood” movie. Casey Bloys, HBO’s programming president, told reporters at the TCA summer press tour that the film will shoot in October, for a spring 2019 air date. That date, though, is not “set in stone,” Bloys added.
As recently as March, star Timothy Olyphant, who played Seth Bullock, joked about the near impossibility of putting together a “Deadwood” movie. A guest on “Watch What Happens Live,” he told host Andy Cohen he was “hopeful” about it — but “that being said, there’s no [expletive] way it’s ever going to happen.” Why not? “It’s too hard to get people together for a BBQ!” Olyphant said. “What are we talking about? I’m a cynic.”
The film will be written by Milch and directed by Daniel Minahan, who directed four episodes of the series as well as episodes of “Six Feet Under,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “Game of Thrones.” The original ensemble cast included actors Ian McShane, Olyphant, Molly Parker, John Hawkes, Paula Malcomson, and Kim Dickens, all of whom will presumably be back for the film.
“It’s been a logistics nightmare getting all the cast members’ schedules together,” Bloys said, “but we are there. It is greenlit.”Matthew Gilbert can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.