“Deadwood” fans, it’s time to get excited — and censors, it’s time to grab some aspirin.
HBO programming president Michael Lombardo has confirmed plans to resurrect the foul-mouthed, beloved 2004 – 2006 show. Ever since the western’s premature demise, fans have clung hopefully to rumors that a “Deadwood” movie may someday come to pass, and this so-called “Reunion Film” is indeed planned to debut on the network.
“David has our commitment that we are going to do it,” Lombardo tells TVLine, in regards to conversations with series creator David Milch. “He pitched what he thought generally the storyline would be — and knowing David, that could change.”
“But,” the exec added, offering a four-word promise for the fans, “it’s going to happen.”
Over three 12-episode seasons, the western starred Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant and Molly Parker as part of a talented ensemble. Set in the 1870’s, the show followed a small South Dakota territory in transition from camp to town. Blending together historical truths, dramatic embellishments and the violence/language/nudity recipe favored by HBO series, “Deadwood” presented the time period as never seen before.
Explaining that he had a “palpable” sense that Milch “has something left unsaid,” the HBO chief says that despite the show’s premature cancellation, the relationship between the showrunner and the network remains strong. “I’ve known him for a while, and it feels like it’s something he’s not done talking about.”
Milch is currently at work on another project, but the hope is that he would then return to the old west. “The understanding is that when he is done … he will turn his attention to [the] script for the ‘Deadwood’ film.”
The network also expects that the still-in-demand cast will make time for a trip down memory lane. “[Milch] is confident he will be able to [reunite them],” says Lombardo. “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.”