Deadwood movie may not be greenlit yet by HBO but fans can be pleased to know that David Milch is currently writing the film, the network confirmed at the TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour. This is great news for fans who want to see Timothy Olyphant and Ian McShane return to HBO.
When asked about the status of the Deadwood move, HBO president of programming Casey Bloys refrained from confirming the film has been greenlit, but did say that “David [Milch] is writing the script.” The network has not yet read the script, but Bloys said, “I imagine it will be very good. I feel good about it.”
Bloys is HBO’s new president, having replaced Michael Lombardo who said earlier this year that a Deadwood film was finally going to happen. Early discussions about a movie based on the popular drama series took place at HBO last year.
“Deadwood” is set in a mining town that was not part of any U.S. state or territory in the post-Civil War years, and thus was literally lawless. Deadwood attracts people looking to get rich after a huge gold strike, as well as those looking to capitalize on the lack of organized law in the town, built on land stolen from the Sioux.
Deadwood is an American western television series created, produced, and largely written by Milch and aired on the premium cable network HBO from March 21, 2004, to August 27, 2006, spanning thirty six episodes and three seasons. The show is set in the 1870s in Deadwood, South Dakota, before and after the area’s annexation by the Dakota Territory. The series charts Deadwood’s growth from camp to town, incorporating themes ranging from the formation of communities to western capitalism. The show features a large ensemble cast, and many historical figures appear as characters—such as Seth Bullock, Al Swearengen, Wild Bill Hickok, Sol Star, Calamity Jane, Wyatt Earp, George Crook, E. B. Farnum, Charlie Utter, Jack McCall, and George Hearst. The plot lines involving these characters include historical truths as well as substantial fictional elements. Milch used actual diaries and newspapers from 1870s Deadwood residents as reference points for characters, events, and the look and feel of the show. Some of the characters are fully fictional, although they may have been based on actual persons.
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