Production has begun on HBO’s Deadwood movie, it has been confirmed.
The TV series, which was set in a mining town in the aftermath of the US Civil War, was cancelled in 2006. A movie has long been discussed until it was eventually given the green light by HBO boss Casey Bloys earlier this year.
The film will be set 10 years after the events of season three and will see old characters reuniting 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,” a press release reads.
The majority of the original cast will return for the movie, 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).
One new face has already been confirmed in Jade Pettyjohn, who will play a character currently known only as Caroline.
The Deadwood movie has been written by the show’s creator, David Milch, and will be directed by Daniel Minahan, who previously was behind the camera on four episodes of the TV programme.
At present, there is no confirmed release date. However, Bloys has previously said he was hoping for the film to premiere in spring 2019.
In 2017, W Earl Brown, who played Dan Dority in the show, took to Twitter to give his verdict on the script. “I’ve read the DEADWOOD film script,” he wrote. “It’s stunning. I’ve read, or had Dave read to me, sections of it over the last two years. I now have the completed version…
“While it may lack the physical heft of olde, its emotional and philosophical heft is gargantuan… The hour and half it took me to read was fucking thrilling and fucking heartbreaking.”