‘Deadwood’ the movie: Everything we know so far
Welcome (back) to fucking Deadwood, ladies and gentlemen! After years of rumors, speculation, and a whole heap of well-wishing from fans, HBO has finally dropped the trailer for the Deadwood movie premiering later this month.
HBO Programming President Casey Bloys revealed the news at the TCA summer press tour, highlighting that the entire process has been appropriately hellish – but worthwhile. “It’s been a logistics nightmare getting all the cast members’ schedules together, but we are there.”
According to Bloys, who praised the script from creator David Milch, “I wanted a script that would stand on its own . . . . I’m happy to say that David totally delivered on that. It’s a terrific script.”
The logistical nightmare of bringing the cast back for the movie is understandable when you remember how amazing the ensemble cast is, and how busy they’ve remained since the show ended in 2006.
Ian McShane is currently starring in American Gods (and making the occasionally brusque offhand insult regarding Game of Thrones). Timothy Olyphant is currently starring in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and starring in the Netflix Originals comedy Santa Clarita Diet.
John Hawkes has continued to be one of the most prolific character actors in the industry, having recently appeared in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. And that’s just a small sample of the show’s main cast, which includes Brad Dourif, Molly Parker, Paula Malcomson, and Robin Weigert. But the producers persevered past the scheduling issues and the Deadwood movie finally drops on HBO on the last day of May.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly about her return to Deadwood as the messy but lovable Calamity Jane, Weigert called the movie announcement “such a spectacular moment”. She also speculated on what shape her iconic character may be in when we see her again:
I would imagine I’ll find her very much where I left her, except everything might feel a little bit more urgent. She might be even deeper into alcohol.
Suffice to say we’re stupendously hyped about the news, and have been pining for a continuation of the story that most fans believe was axed well ahead of its rightful time. The recent production of HBO’s reboot of Westworld has only heightened our passion for the show, providing a harsh reminder of a Western narrative that we’d argue is miles ahead of the Jonathan Nolan-led show.