Deadwood is returning to HBO after 10 years. The popular series left faithful fans hanging when its last season aired with a cliffhanger ending and the storylines were not wrapped up. HBO President of Programming, Michael Lombardo, announced that a Deadwood movie is in the works with series creator, David Milch.
David Milch stated that he had left some things “unsaid” in the Deadwood series, and wasn’t done with the story just yet. The fate of the several main characters, especially “Trixie the whore” were left in jeopardy when HBO aired the final episode of the show. The three seasons of the series can be live-streamed from HBO, free of charge, for subscribers of the cable channel.
“I’ve known him for a long time and it feels like it’s something he’s not done talking about,” Lombardo added.
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 8, 2016
The Deadwood movie is expected to premiere on HBO and not in movie theaters. Even a loose deadline for the highly-anticipated project, which has long been urged by die-hard fans, is not yet available. Milch must complete work on another project before he can revisit the characters and starting writing how the story — about love, sex, crime, corruption, and political maneuvering in the South Dakota frontier town — finally ends.
HBO gave Milch the opportunity to go forward with a fourth season of Deadwood before the series ended 10 years ago, but the creator declined, according to Variety. The anger fans may have felt towards Milch for denying them another season of Deadwood, and a true ending to the series might all be forgiven now that a movie is in the works. Milch quickly went on to develop the extremely short-lived John From Cincinnati series for HBO.
Deadwood aired on HBO from 2004 through 2006, IMDb noted. Will all of the original cast members be available and interested in returning for the movie? It is far too soon to know the answer to such a question.
Deadwood trailer from Season 1
Fans will likely be left very disappointed if Timothy Olyphant does not reprise the role of local sheriff Seth Bullock. Olyphant went on to gain fame by playing a somewhat similar character in the hit FX series, Justified. Restoring Al Swearengen to the role of Ian McShane is also a must.
— IGN (@IGN) January 8, 2016
Deadwood definitely falls into the “gone but not forgotten” category of cable series. The fan favorite and critically-acclaimed Western drama is based, loosely, on reality with most of the main characters having walked the streets of the South Dakota town during the late 1800s.
The Deadwood ensemble cast includes: Molly Parker as Alma Garret, Brad Dourit as Doc Cochran, Dayton Callie as Charlie Utter, Paula Malcomson as Trixie, Leon Rippy as Tom Nuttell, William Sanderson as E.B. Farnum, Robin Weigert as Calamity Jane, Sean Ridgers as Johnny Burns, Kim Dickens as Joanie Stubbs, Gerald McRaney as George Hearst, Powers Booth as Cy Tolliver, Geri Jewell as Jewell, John Hawkes as Sol Star, and Keone Young as Mr. Wu.
A grand total of 15 members of the Deadwood cast also appeared in the FX mega hit, Sons of Anarchy.
Deadwood – Best of Al Swearengen – adult language warning
Al Swearengen may have dropped the F-bomb more times than any other television character in the history of the medium. The word “f***” and phrases including variations of the word were uttered 2,980 times in Deadwood.
Are you a fan of Deadwood and happy to hear a movie is in the works by HBO?
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