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DEADWOOD: HBO in Talks to Turn TV Western Into Movie

HBO in Preliminary Talks for ‘Deadwood’ Movie


Deadwood, the acclaimed HBO western series that was cancelled in 2006, may be returning — as a movie.

Actor Garret Dillahunt, who played two characters on the show, including geologist Francis Wolcott, during its run from 2004 to 2006, posted two tweets Wednesday hinting at the prospect. In response, a spokesman for HBO confirmed to Variety that “very preliminary discussions” have been made to resurrect the series with a movie.

Dillahunt’s initial tweet read:

He followed with a second one:

According to Variety, HBO previously announced two Deadwood movies after the series was abruptly cancelled in 2008, but nothing ever came of them. Creator David Milch was also offered a short, six-episode fourth season of the series but declined.

In 2014, Rolling Stone named a fight scene from the show’s third season — “a gut-wrenching, eye-popping battle between the right-hand men of the two biggest villains in David Milch’s revisionist Western” —as one of TV’s Most Heart-Stopping Moments.

Set in the 1800s in the South Dakota town of the same name, Deadwood starred Ian McShane as saloon owner Al Swearengen and Timothy Olyphant as Sheriff Seth Bullock, and ran for three seasons. The show received 28 Emmy nominations, winning eight times during its run.


It was recently announced that McShane will be returning to HBO for a yet-to-be revealed role in the upcoming sixth season of Game of Thrones.

Deadwood received wide critical acclaim, particularly for Milch’s writing and Ian McShane’s co-lead performance. It also won eight Emmy Awards (in 28 nominations) and one Golden Globe. TV Guide ranked it #8 on their 2013 list of 60 shows that were “Cancelled Too Soon”.

There were initial plans to conclude the series with two special TV movies, but the plans have not come to fruition. Several of the stars have since commented that the series is now unlikely to return. HBO had repeatedly asserted that the two movies could still be made, but it noted in July 2008 that the possibility of the two TV movies being made was very low.

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