Deadwood film confirmed
- Murray Robertson
- 8 January 2016
HBO's classic western is coming to the big screen
Think of a cult TV series that was cancelled too soon. If it's not Firefly or Twin Peaks then chances are you're pining for David Milch's three season masterpiece Deadwood, whose shining run was cruelly curtailed by monstrous TV execs almost a decade ago.
A fourth season had been tepidly rumoured for years but now HBO Programming president Michael Lombardo has confirmed to TVLine that Deadwood will return as a feature film. '[David] pitched what he thought generally the storyline would be – and knowing David, that could change. But it’s going to happen.'
Set in 1870s South Dakota, the series charted the growth of the titular settlement from camp to town. It featured a stellar cast including Timothy Olyphant, Molly Parker, Brad Dourif, John Hawkes, William Sanderson and Powers Boothe. British actor Ian McShane – previously best known as BBC1's lovable antique detective Lovejoy – shook new life into his career as brutal brothel owner Al Swearengen. Famously profane (the bad word that rhymes with 'duck' is uttered almost 3,000 times), the show received huge critical acclaim, eight Emmy awards and a Golden Globe.
As for when we'll see the return of Deadwood, it may take a while. Lombardo says that Milch is presently engaged on another project, 'but the understanding is that when he is done with that he will turn his attention to [writing the] script for the Deadwood film.'