After various efforts over the years to return to the town of Deadwood, Variety have got word from HBO that the TV titan are in ‘preliminary talks’ to have another go at bringing the show back for a feature-length film. Third time’s a charm, I guess?
For those that don’t know Deadwood was HBO’s harsh western drama series that ran for three seasons before it was cancelled in 2008. Telling the birth of a town that was soaked in blood, booze and debauchery, the shows creator David Milch mixed fact with fiction as the likes of Wyatt Earp, Wild Bill Hiccock and Calamity Jane wandered in and out of the historical location. At the centre of it all though, was Ian McShane’s Al Swearengen – who made bad language an art form, and Timothy Olpyhant’s heroic Seth Bullock that helped launch the actors career.
Last time a Deadwood film was mentioned HBO had plans for a parts I & II sort of deal before it was shelved. However, Milch has always been keen to the idea of revisiting the characters he created, and the town he built.
He’s not the only one either, as Garett Dillahunt who played Francis Wolcott tweeted upon hearing the news: “Come on HBO. You made The Entourage movie. Give the #Deadwood fans some closure.” You heard him. To quote Mr. Swearengen, say what you’re gonna say or prepare for eternal f***ing silence.