HBO is (once again) actively considering a two-hour Deadwood TV movie to wrap up storylines left lingering by the abrupt end of the show, it has emerged.
Word that the network was looking at finally pursuing a movie was revealed on social media, when series star Garret Dillahunt Tweeted: “So uh….I’m hearing credible rumors about a #Deadwood movie. #Everybodypray” and “Come on @HBO…you made @entouragemovie. Give the #Deadwood fans some closure. #Youcandoit”.
Speculation on social media about such developments are a dime a dozen and it might have remained just that had HBO not issued an official statement on the matter. “In reference to Garret Dillahunt’s tweet regarding the rumored Deadwood movie, there have only been very preliminary conversations”, the network said.
This is the first solid piece of news on a potential Deadwood movie since at least 2007. Following the abrupt cancellation of the expletive laden western in 2006, HBO had said that they would produce two movies to wrap up the series, after series creator David Milch rejected an offer for an abbreviated fourth season. There were financial and scheduling issues in reaching a formal deal, however, and they never came to fruition.
The network’s decision to potentially revisit Deadwood is quite timely. Not only has the star of many of the main cast members risen significantly in the last decade, but revivals of iconic series have become all the rage in Hollywood this past development cycle. Fox has already aired a 24 revival and is prepping similar such efforts for The X-Files and Prison Break, NBC is bringing back both Heroes and Coach, while Netflix is reviving Full House.