More than a decade after the series was cancelled and the notion of wrapping the show with a pair of movies was floated, HBO today announced that production is now underway on the Deadwood movie.
The premium cable network said that the movie will continue the story of the HBO original series that produced 36 episodes between 2004 and 2006. Filming is taking place in Los Angeles ahead of a 2019 premiere. The production start comes more than three years after word first leaked that HBO was, once again, eyeing a movie.
Returning cast members include Ian McShane as Al Swearengen, Timothy Olyphant as Seth Bullock, Molly Parker as Alma Ellsworth, Paula Malcomson as Trixie, John Hawkes as Sol Star, Anna Gunn as Martha Bullock, Dayton Callie as Charlie Utter, Brad Dourif as Doc Cochran, Robin Weigert as “Calamity” Jane Canary, William Sanderson as E.B. Farnum, Kim Dickens as Joanie Stubbs and Gerald McRaney as George Hearst. Jade Pettyjohn is a new cast addition.
In addition to confirming casting, HBO released the following synopsis: “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”.
The script for the Deadwood movie was penned by series creator David Milch. HBO Films are producing, while Daniel Minahan is attached to direct. The executive producers are David Milch, Carolyn Strauss, Daniel Minahan, Gregg Fienberg, Scott Stephens, Ian McShane and Timothy Olyphant. Thanks to their output deal with HBO, the Deadwood movie will air in the UK on Sky Atlantic.