HBO confirms plans for ‘Deadwood’ movie: ‘It’s going to happen’

Western series ran for three series and ended in 2006

Plans for a Deadwood film have been confirmed by HBO.

The Ian McShane (pictured) series was a cult hit on HBO when it aired for three seasons between 2004-2006. Since then there have been various rumours about the possibility of reviving the western, including talk of two feature length TV films that never materialised.

However, in a new interview with TVLine, HBO programming president Michael Lombardo confirmed that series creator David Milch has approached him with an idea and that a Deadwood film is on the way.

“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.”

Fans waiting on the series may have to wait though as Lobardo explained that Milch is currently overseeing another project. “The understanding is that when he is done with that, he will turn his attention to [writing the] script for the Deadwood film.”

During its run Deadwood featured a cast that included Timothy Olyphant, Molly Parker, W. Earl Brown, John Hawkes and Brad Dourif. Lombardo was hopeful that all of these names will return. “I’m going to leave that in David’s hands. He’s confident he will be able to,” he said. “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.”