Yes, it’s actually happening. A Deadwood movie is indeed on the way.
HBO has announced that a Deadwood film has officially started production, 12 years after the season three finale marked the end of the Emmy-winning, critically acclaimed series. That’s right, the years and years of whispers and development hell can finally stop.
The film will feature the return of key cast members including Ian McShane (Al Swearengen), Timothy Olyphant (Seth Bullock), Molly Parker (Alma Ellsworth), Paula Malcomson (Trixie), John Hawkes (Sol Star), Anna Gunn (Martha Bullock), Dayton Callie (Charlie Utter), Brad Dourif (Doc Cochran), Robin Weigert (“Calamity” Jane Canary), William Sanderson (E.B. Farnum), Kim Dickens (Joanie Stubbs) and Gerald McRaney (George Hearst).
Jade Pettyjohn (Nickelodeon’s School of Rock series, upcoming Nicole Kidman thriller Destroyer), is also on board, playing a character named Caroline.
According to HBO’s synopsis, the film will find the characters…
… reunited after ten years to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood. Former rivalries are reignited, alliances are tested and old wounds are reopened, as all are left to navigate the inevitable changes that modernity and time have wrought.
Directing the film is Daniel Minahan, who directed 4 episodes of Deadwood and whose credits include Game of Thrones, House of Cards, True Blood and Six Feet Under. The screenplay comes from David Milch, creator and executive producer of Deadwood.
Deadwood ran on HBO from 2004 until 2006, airing 36 episodes through three seasons before being cancelled. The series won eight Emmys and was nominated for 28.