Deadwood: The Movie

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Deadwood: The Movie
Written byDavid Milch
Directed byDaniel Minahan
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)
CinematographyDave Klein
Production company(s)HBO Films
Original networkHBO
Original releaseMay 31, 2019 (2019-05-31)

Deadwood: The Movie is an upcoming American television film directed by Daniel Minahan and written by David Milch for HBO. It is a continuation of the television series of the same name. It will premiere on May 31, 2019.[1][2]


In 1889,[3] the residents of Deadwood are reunited to celebrate South Dakota's statehood. According to the film's producer Carolyn Strauss, "It’s about the passage of time. The toll of time on people. It’s mellowed some people and hardened others. And it’s about the town’s maturing and becoming part of the Union and what that event sets in motion, in a very personal way for the people that it brings in town and what ensues. The time has taken its greatest toll on [Al] Swearengen. He’s the person who really drove so much of the life of the town and there’s a sense of that power waning somewhat, and what ensues of that is a big part of the story."[4]




Following the cancellation of Deadwood, on June 5, 2006, HBO and creator David Milch agreed to make a pair of two-hour television films in place of a fourth season.[5] On July 12, 2007, HBO executives admitted that producing the telefilms would be difficult and put the chances of their ever being made at "50–50."[6] Actor Ian McShane claimed in an interview on October 1, 2007 that the show's sets were due to be dismantled and that the movies would not be made;[7] actors Jim Beaver and W. Earl Brown commented a day later that they considered the series to be over.[8]

On August 12, 2015, it was reported that talks between HBO and Milch had resumed regarding a Deadwood film.[9][10] In January 2016, HBO gave Milch the green-light to write a script for the film.[11] On April 19, 2017, McShane announced that Milch had submitted a script for a two-hour Deadwood movie to HBO, saying "[A] two-hour movie script has been delivered to HBO. If they don't deliver [a finished product], blame them."[12] On November 12, 2017, TVLine reported that the Deadwood movie was set to begin production in fall 2018, although HBO had not officially greenlit the project.[13]

On July 25, 2018 HBO confirmed that a Deadwood movie had been greenlit and that Daniel Minahan, who directed four episodes in the series' original run, would direct the film, with production set to begin in October 2018.[14] According to research requested by the producers, the film is likely to be set in 1889, approximately 10 years after the end of season 3.[15] On August 21, 2018, W. Earl Brown confirmed that virtually everyone in the main cast would be returning; however, the characters played by Powers Boothe and Ralph Richeson, who have since died, would not be recast. "Everyone from the main cast who still draws air, with the exception of Silas Adams [Titus Welliver]" would return, Brown said. Production on the film would begin on October 5, 2018, according to Brown.[16]


On November 5, 2018, HBO announced that the film had begun production. The returns of cast members Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant, Molly Parker, Paula Malcomson, John Hawkes, Anna Gunn, Dayton Callie, Brad Dourif, Robin Weigert, W. Earl Brown, William Sanderson, Kim Dickens, and Gerald McRaney were confirmed, while Lily Keene (taking on the role played by Bree Seanna Wall in the original series) and Jade Pettyjohn were added to the cast.[17][18]

Nic Pizzolatto revealed in December 2018 that he had helped Milch write the screenplay.[19] The first photos of the production were released on December 19, 2018.[20] The show's mining town was recreated by production designer Maria Caso and was filmed on the same sets as Westworld.[4] The first footage from the film was released on February 24, 2019 during a trailer announcing the 2019 lineup of upcoming films and series for HBO.[21]


  1. ^ Ausiello, Michael (March 21, 2019). "Deadwood: The Movie: Watch First Teaser Trailer for HBO Revival — Plus, Premiere Date Announced". TVLine. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  2. ^ HBO PR (March 21, 2019). "HBO Films' DEADWOOD Debuts May 31". Medium. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  3. ^ Moreau, Jordan (March 21, 2019). "'Deadwood' Movie Drops First Trailer, Premiere Date". Variety. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Hibberd, James (December 19, 2018). "Deadwood producer breaks silence: Here's what the movie is about". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  5. ^ "'Deadwood' to return". June 7, 2006. Archived from the original on November 13, 2007. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  6. ^ Kimball, Trevor (July 13, 2007). "Deadwood: Are the Two Wrap-up Movies Dead?". TV Series Finale. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  7. ^ Stewart, Ryan (September 30, 2007). "EXCLUSIVE: Ian McShane Tells Cinematical HBO Has Scrapped Those 'Deadwood' Movies". Cinematical. Archived from the original on March 18, 2013. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  8. ^ Serico, Chris (October 1, 2007). "'Deadwood' regulars react to series' reported demise; Brown: 'I guess the horse is dead'". The Journal News. Archived from the original on March 11, 2008. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  9. ^ Ausiello, Michael (August 12, 2015). "Deadwood Wrap-Up Movie: It's Finally (Maybe) Happening". TVLine. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  10. ^ Oldham, Stuart (August 12, 2015). "HBO Confirms Early Talks of 'Deadwood' Movie". Variety. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  11. ^ Ausiello, Michael (January 7, 2016). "Deadwood Reunion Movie 'Is Going to Happen,' Promises HBO President". TVLine. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  12. ^ Ausiello, Michael (April 18, 2017). "Deadwood Revival Script 'Has Been Delivered to HBO,' Says Ian McShane". TVLine. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  13. ^ Ausiello, Michael (November 12, 2017). "HBO's Deadwood Revival Movie Eyes Fall 2018 Production Start". TVLine. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  14. ^ Young, Alex (July 25, 2018). "Deadwood movie officially a go at HBO". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  15. ^ Pearson, Jaci (August 2, 2018). "HBO orders up a big dose of 'Deadwood'". Black Hills Pioneer. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  16. ^ Husband, Andrew (August 22, 2018). "The 'Deadwood' Movie Will Feature A Significant Time Jump While Not Recasting Any Roles". Uproxx. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  17. ^ "HBO FILMS' "DEADWOOD" MOVIE BEGINS PRODUCTION". HBO & Cinemax PR. November 5, 2018. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  18. ^ Porter, Rick (November 5, 2018). "'Deadwood' Movie Starts Filming with Majority of Cast Returning". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  19. ^ Travers, Ben (December 18, 2018). "Nic Pizzolatto Helped Write the 'Deadwood' Movie — So David Milch Helped Write 'True Detective' Season 3". IndieWire. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  20. ^ Hibberd, James (December 19, 2018). "Deadwood movie exclusive first photos revealed". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  21. ^ "'Game of Thrones' Final Season, 'Deadwood' Movie, 'Watchmen' Series Teased in Trailer". Variety. February 24, 2019. Retrieved February 25, 2019.

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