Rumors about a Deadwood movie have been ongoing for so long, that any hope has long faded from our weary hearts. That is until today at the Television Critics Association panel press tour, where HBO announced the movie will actually happen……Mind blown!
Filming will start this October, with a planned release for spring 2019. Dan Minahan, who directed several episodes of the hit TV drama, will direct the movie. according to the president of HBO programming, Casey Bloys.
Deadwood creator David Milch has been working on a script for the movie for some time. Rumors intensified towards the end of 2017 that a script was gaining momentum. There is little information on the plot for the movie, but as the TV series was cancelled after 3 seasons with many questions left unanswered, it is expected the movie will tie up all the loose ends and give fans of the show closure.
The Cast – What Are They Doing?
One of the biggest difficulties with planning the Deadwood movie project, is finding a window to accommodate the existing working schedules of the original cast members. While there is no word on how many of the original cast will return, the fact this has been a sticking point is a good sign we will see the majority of lovable rogues return to our screens.
Timothy Olyphant, the actor who plays sheriff Seth Bullock, was brought to the attention of the wider public with his portrayal of the brooding lawman. His career has skyrocketed since Deadwood, and is the perfect of example of scheduling difficulties. Olyphant has been involved in three or four movies per year since Deadwood was cancelled and is currently filming Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
It was only a few months ago that Olyphant gunned down any chance of a Deadwood movie every happening.
“There’s no f*cking way it will ever happen.”
He does not mince his words.
“I am hopeful. I mean I’m … I’m… I’m a huge fan of David Milch. The man means the world to me. It’s one of the most amazing creative experiences I’ve ever been able to be apart of, and I’d love to be … you know when you do these things you really miss the people. It would just be a lovely excuse to get all those people back together…”
You know nothing Tim Olyphant!
Ian McShane played Al Swearengen the foulmouthed, murderous, English pimp and proprietor of the Gem Salon. It would be hard to see a Deadwood movie succeeding without its compelling anti-hero. McShane won a 2005 Best Actor Golden Globe for his portrayal of the complex kingpin, and arguably one of the greatest TV characters of all time. McShane is currently filming the third installment of the John Wick film franchise, John Wick 3 Parabellum. He also is part of the main cast for season 2 of American Gods,which began filming in April.
Alma Garret Elsworth
Alma Garret Elsworth, played by Canadian actress Molly Parker, is a high society widow who has seen her fair share of misery in Deadwood. Addicted to laudanum, both her husbands were murdered in the camp, she loses her baby in season 3, and back on the gear she is forced to sell her business holdings to the psychotic business magnet, George Hearst. About to flee the camp in the final episode of season 3, it is unclear if Alma will return for the movie. We followed Alma on an interesting character arc through the three seasons, from “haughty c*nt” to shrewd operator. It would be nice to see her back in the mix. Molly Parker is Maureen in the Lost in Space reboot, and a second season is on the cards in the future.
Swearengen’s hired goon and right hand man played by W. Earl Brown. Recently seen in AMC’s Preacher as the sheriff looking very different. Twelve years older, but nothing some hair dye and a beard wont fix.
One character who definitely wont be returning is Al Swearegen’s Deadwood rival Cy Toliver. Sadly, Powers Boothe who plays Toliver passed away in 2017. Fittingly Boothe was buried in Deadwood cemetery in Deadwood. Not the famous South Dakota town portrayed in the series, but the Deadwood of his home state of Texas.