This August will mark 10 years after the iconic HBO series Deadwood aired its last episode. Throughout the past decade, there had been rumors of a fourth season, but back in August, a rumor surfaced that series creator David Milch was in talks with HBO to create a new Deadwood movie that will give the show the ending it deserves. Thankfully, this rumor proved to be true, with HBO confirming that this movie is happening. But there is very little we know about it thus far. Today we have word that one of the show's iconic stars, Ian McShane, would love to come back as Al Swearengen.
Shortly after the abrupt cancellation of Deadwood, HBO announced plans for two TV movies, which never went into production. It seems the network is committed to the project this time around, with a movie that will properly wrap-up the series as always intended. Ian McShane tells Entertainment Weekly that he hopes the network's deal with David Milch is solidified soon. Here's what he had to say, teasing that the movie could take place 10 years after the show ended.
"Of course I'd love to reprise that. How could one not, when it was snatched away rather unjustly by a combination of forces we'll never know about - hubris or money or whatever. But [Deadwood] certainly finished too early. At the time, most of us working on the show were incredulous. It's been announced by HBO so its not like I'm saying it. I know for a fact David is working on the script. It's been 10 years since it finished. [Star Timothy Olyphant's] free from Justified. I'm hoping they'll make the deal soon, for two or four hours, whatever they decide on. It was a very close knit group of actors on it. We got along very well. I'm sure David will decide to set it 10 years later, after the great fire or whatever happened in Deadwood. They haven't done the deal yet. They [were planning] to do it late this year or early next year."
If a deal is made, and filming does start either late this year or early next year, it's possible that this movie could debut at some point in 2017. It isn't known for sure if this will get a theatrical release, like HBO movies such as Entourage and Sex and the City, but it is believed to be a TV movie that will debut on HBO. Set in the late 1800s in Deadwood, South Dakota, the show centered on a camp of outlaws that faces a number of challenges, not the least of which is its first elections. But the power struggles continue over everything in Deadwood-influence, money, and whores-as the founding camp members form strategic alliances to face down the threat of a powerful newcomer, seeking to remake Deadwood in his image.
The diverse cast included Timothy Olyphant as new Sheriff Seth Bullock, Ian McShane as the ruthless town boss Al Swearengen, John Hawkes as Sol Star, Molly Parker as Alma Garret, Powers Boothe as Cy Tolliver, Robin Weigert as Calamity Jane, Brad Dourif as Doc Cochran, Leon Rippy as Tom Nuttal, Paula Malcomson as Trixie, Sean Bridgers as Johnny Burns, W. Earl Brown as Dan Dority, Dayton Callie as Charlie Utter, Jim Beaver as Ellsworth, William Sanderson as E.B. Farnum, Kim Dickens as Joanie Stubbs, Jeffrey Jones as A.W. Merrick, Titus Welliver as Silas Adams, Anna Gunn as Martha Bullock, Garret Dillahunt as Francis Wolcott, Bree Seanna Wall as Sofia Metz, and Brent Sexton as Harry Manning. Recurring guest stars included Brian Cox as flamboyant stage promoter Jack Langrishe and Gerald McRaney as power-hungry newcomer George Hearst. Sadly, Ralph Richeson, who played the eccentric cook, passed away before the movie could come to fruition. We'll continue to keep you posted with more updates on this Deadwood movie as soon as new information comes in.