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Saddle up: HBO confirms work on Deadwood movie

on January 07, 2016, 11:55pm

In this era of television revivals and remakes, there’s a lot of “ho-hum” and “oh God, why?” going around. But there are a few series out there that people are actually itching to have come back, and HBO just revealed that fans are getting another one. Programming president Michael Lombardo has confirmed that a Deadwood movie is finally coming.

“[Series creator] David [Milch] has our commitment that we are going to do it,” Lombardo told TVLine. “He pitched what he thought generally the storyline would be — and knowing David, that could change. But it’s going to happen.”

Deadwood originally ran for three 12-episode seasons from 2004 to 2006 before getting what many considered the early axe. The show was to be continued as a pair of two-hour long television movies, though those plans never materialized. As recently as last year, series regular Garret Dillahunt was fanning rumors that the show could return. Lombardo has now confirmed those plans, though exactly when they’ll come to fruition isn’t yet clear.

According to Lombardo, Milch is currently in the midsts of working on another project. “But the understanding is that when he is done with that, he will turn his attention to [writing the] script for the Deadwood film,” Lombardo said.

As for whether the original cast — which included Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker, W. Earl Brown, John Hawkes, Brad Dourif, and many more — will be able to return considering all their busy schedules, Lombardo is optimistic. “I’m going to leave that in David’s hands. He’s confident he will be able to.” He added, “The cast is unbelievably [tight]. 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.”