HBO confirms 'Deadwood' movie will release in 2019

After 12 years of waiting, production on the 'Deadwood' film will now finally begin after it received a green signal from HBO


                            HBO confirms 'Deadwood' movie will release in 2019

HBO has finally given the green signal for the much awaited 'Deadwood' movie which will hopefully premiere in 2019. According to HBO chief Casey Bloys, the lawless wild west story will continue in the movie, catching up with its final episode in Season 3 in 2006, almost 12 years later. The series ran from 2004 to 2006 with 36 episodes across three seasons. Reportedly, 'Deadwood' creator David Milch is writing the script and Daniel Minahan who had worked on four episodes in the series is set to direct the film. The production will most probably begin by fall this year.

Bloys told reporters, "We’re looking at an October start date... It has been a logistics nightmare getting all the cast members’ schedules lined up.” However, the HBO chief doesn't want to raise your hopes too high as he also mentioned, "Let's take the green light and celebrate that." Although the release is supposed to be set during next year's spring, Bloys, however, took the safer side and said that the date has yet not been "set in stone". A 'Deadwood' movie has been in the offing since 2006 and this is not the first time that Bloys has shown some hope about the release of the movie. 

Although gathering the cast members has been a difficult task, Bloys mentioned that the cast has ensembled now. (IMDb)
Although gathering the cast members has been a difficult task, Bloys mentioned that the cast has ensembled now. (IMDb)

Last year, he had praised the script which he received from the series director David Milch. Bloys had reportedly said, "I wanted a script that would stand on its own. I’m happy to say that David totally delivered on that. It’s a terrific script."

However, this time, considering the film's ridiculous track record when it comes to delays, he said, "Let’s get cameras rolling before we worry about it.” The show which had won eight Emmy Awards and a loyal fan base ended on a vague note giving its viewers the perception of a possible fourth season or miniseries or movie but only remained as a source of gossip.

However, Milch remained firm that he knew exactly how he was ending 'Deadwood' and, to him, it was no cliffhanger. In an interview with Alan Sepinwall in UpRoxx, Milch said, "No, there was no sense of that on my part. By way of contrast, I absolutely knew when I was writing the last 'Deadwood' that it would be the last, and I wrote it intending it as the finale."

'Deadwood' is one of Milch's three works including 'Luck' and 'John From Cincinnati' that HBO had canceled before he could complete his storytelling. Milch mentioned during the interview that the power lay in HBO's hands to call off any show. "There was back and forth about it but their feeling was so clear that the situation was untenable, that there was really no protracted dispute. We were presented with an accomplished fact. And I don’t say that with any resentment. They made the decision they felt they had to make."

The show was set in a lawless town in South Dakota in the post- Civil War period. (IMDb)
The show was set in a lawless town in South Dakota in the post- Civil War period. (IMDb)

The production on the film was taken up last year, although it never really made it to the screen. Bloys kept his optimism high when he said that he was positive about the production which would definitely begin in fall.

The cast of 'Deadwood' was headed by Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant, Molly Parker, Kim Dickens, John Hawkes, Robin Weigert, W. Earl Brown, Dayton Callie, Paula Malcomson and Brad Dourif. During his TCA summer press tour on Wednesday, Bloys also spoke about the cast members, "All of these people worked hard to get this together... It’s been a logistics nightmare getting all the cast members’ schedules together, but we are there. It is greenlit.”

The show is set in a town which was not considered a part of any US state or territory during the post-Civil War years and was left absolutely lawless. The town of Deadwood in South Dakota is infamous for its huge gold strike which begins to attract people from all around including those who are looking to capitalize in a town which lacks law and enforcement order. 

Bloys is hopeful that the movie will be released by end of next year. (Getty Images)
Bloys is hopeful that the movie will be released by end of next year. (Getty Images)