For more than a decade, a continuation of the show Deadwood appeared to be a pipe dream. For a show that lasted only three seasons, a desire to have the story properly concluded probably was desired more by fans than the fans of any other show. And then, like a bolt of lightning, we were alerted in 2016 that the show’s original creator David Milch had been given the greenlit by HBO to write a two-hour film. And today, after two years of the script being finished, scheduling the return of all the returning actors, and many of those actors teasing how amazing they think the script is, production has finally begun today on the Deadwood film.
While no official premiere date has been given for it, it’s expected to be sometime in spring of 2019. And in addition to the announcement that production has begun, HBO has released the official synopsis for the film:
The indelible characters of the series are reunited after ten years 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.
According to a quote from August by co-star W. Earl Brown, “Everyone from the main cast who still draws air, with the exception of Silas Adams [Titus Welliver]” is set to return so this is truly meant to feel like we’re hopping right back into the show’s story. The only noted exceptions, besides Welliver, are actors Powers Boothe and Ralph Richeson who, sadly, passed in 2017 and 2015, respectively. In addition, the film is being directed by Daniel Minahan who not only directed four episodes of the original show but also has gone on to direct several episodes of critically acclaimed HBO shows that had large ensemble casts like Game of Thrones, Six Feet Under, and True Blood.
With any luck, in spring 2019…fans are going to be very happy. Stay tuned!