With the exciting news this summer that a Deadwood movie is officially a go at HBO, the next question fans have is what exactly a film based on the Western TV series will be like. Now, thanks to EW, we’ve got our first look at some familiar faces and the first details of what the show’s return will involve.
Ian McShane and Timothy Olyphant will both return to reprise their roles of Al Swearengen and Seth Bullock. Over 10 years on from when we last saw them, Al’s back at his Gem Theater bar and Seth is now a US Marshal. But what else has changed since David Milch’s series was taken off the air, after three seasons?
Naturally, things have changed and things have stayed the same, but producer on the movie Carolyn Strauss, a former HBO exec, has divulged some information to EW in a new interview.
We know that the movie is set in 1889, as the town prepares to celebrate South Dakota becoming the 40th state of the United States.
“It’s about the passage of time,” explains Strauss. “The toll of time on people. It’s mellowed some people and hardened others. And it’s about the town’s maturing and becoming part of the Union and what that event sets in motion, in a very personal way for the people that it brings in town and what ensues. The toll of time has not just struck Deadwood and the characters but all the people making it as well, you get to see the faces of people 12 years later. And it was really profound. Actors were crying at the table read — not necessarily from the script but the emotion of being back and doing something we all loved doing so much. You normally have a great experience and then it’s over. You don’t normally get the chance to do this in life. It was kind of a gift.”
“The time has taken its greatest toll on Swearengen. He’s the person who really drove so much of the life of the town and there’s a sense of that power waning somewhat, and what ensues of that is a big part of the story,” she adds.
McShane’s Swearengen will be joined by the show’s core cast, including Molly Parker (Alma Ellsworth), Paula Malcomson (Trixie), John Hawkes (Sol Star), Anna Gunn (Martha Bullock), Dayton Callie (Charlie Utter), Brad Dourif (Doc Cochran), William Sanderson (E.B. Farnum), Kim Dickens (Joanie Stubbs) and Gerald McRaney (George Hearst).
Getting all those names together was a challenge in itself, with Strauss noting that Tim was “pretty tough” to get on board.
“He really dug in — in a good way, not a stubborn way — with good thoughts on where to take his character and the story and kept pushing on that, and they were helpful thoughts in terms of getting the script where it needed to be,” she explains.
As for the script itself, she says “every draft kept getting better”.
“It was hard to believe 16 years had passed since we did the pilot and then being able to read these voices again was such a treat,” she adds.
Need to catch up on Deadwood? You can stream the whole thing on Sky Box Sets. Don’t have Sky? You can also stream Deadwood on-demand, along with other Sky channels, on NOW TV, as part of a £7.99 monthly Entertainment Pass, with no contract and a 7-day free trial.
HBO’s Deadwood movie is officially a go
26th July 2018
HBO has officially given the green light to a Deadwood movie.
First airing back in 2014 – before Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones came along and ruled the living room – David Milch’s under-seen western was blazing a trail on the small screen, with a cast that included Timothy Olyphant and Ian “Lovejoy” McShane.
Ever since it was cancelled after three seasons, though, there has been talk of a possible return, most likely as a film. In the last year, Milch has fuelled speculation around a potential feature-length outing, with HBO and Milch reportedly agreeing a storyline. Earlier this year, HBO said a rewrite was underway. With a cast already juggling commitments elsewhere, though, there was no guarantee that it would officially happen. Until now, with HBO officially announcing the project is a go.
Speaking at the TCA press event last night, HBO President Casey Bloys confirmed that production on the film will start his October, with a potential eye for a spring 2019 premiere.
Game of Thrones veteran Daniel Minahan, who helmed four episodes of Deadwood, will direct the film.
More details than that are being kept under warps, although Milch has previously hinted that a fourth season would focus on historical events in the titular town, from a plague outbreak to a huge fire. What we do know is that a lot of people are about to discover Deadwood for the first time – and if you’re one of them, you can stream the whole thing on Sky Box Sets. With Sky Atlantic and HBO having an exclusive agreement for UK TV rights, that’s also where you’ll be able to find the eventual Deadwood movie. Don’t have Sky? You can also stream Deadwood on-demand, along with other Sky channels, on NOW TV, as part of a £7.99 monthly Entertainment Pass, with no contract and a 7-day free trial.
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