The rumors are real: The long, long, long-awaited Deadwood movie is really, truly in development at HBO.
No less a source than the network’s programming president Michael Lombardo said “it’s going to happen,” TV Line reported at the Television Critics Association’s press tour party in Pasadena on Thursday. Creator David Milch has apparently pitched a story for the profanity filled and critically acclaimed cult-favorite Western’s reunion.
Last August, HBO confirmed early talks of a Deadwood movie, so this has been in the works for awhile. Actor Garret Dillahunt, who played Francis Wolcott on the show, first leaked the news on Twitter.
Deadwood launched in 2004 and starred Timothy Olyphant and Ian McShane. The show ran for three seasons before being cut short without a creatively satisfying conclusion. A planned movie was in the works after its cancellation, but eventually fell apart. Ever since the lack of a Deadwood movie gets regularly by HBO subscribers who watched the series as sore point.
At the same TCA event on Thursday night, Lombardo dropped another bombshell by telling EW that Game of Thrones was in talks for a seventh and eighth season. Deadwood star McShane will back on HBO this year playing a mysterious role in Thrones sixth season.