Oh yes, we love this one. The long, long, long-awaited Deadwood movie is truly in development at HBO.
The network’s programming president Michael Lombardo said “it’s going to happen,” TV Line (via Squareeyed) reported at the Television Critics Association’s press tour party on Thursday. Creator David Milch has apparently pitched a story for the profanity filled and critically acclaimed cult-favorite Western’s reunion.
Last August, HBO confirmed early talks of a Deadwood movie, and it looks as though they’ve finally seen sense and went ahead with it. Actor Garret Dillahunt, who played Francis Wolcott on the show, first leaked the news on Twitter.
Deadwood launched in 2004 and starred Timothy Olyphant and Ian McShane. The show ran for three seasons before being cut short without a satisfying conclusion. A planned movie was in the works after its cancellation in the form of a two-part special to wrap up the storyline, but eventually fell apart.
“David has our commitment that we are going to do it,” Lombardo said. “He pitched what he thought generally the storyline would be — and knowing David, that could change. But it’s going to happen.”
He added: “I’ve known him for a while and it feels like it’s something he’s not done talking about.”
However, it might not be coming for a while as Milch is currently working 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,” said Lombardo.
On the cast, Lombardo added: “The cast is unbelievably [tight]. Some casts and creators form a bond that becomes relevant for the rest of their lives. This was a defining moment for a lot of them.”