Deadwood: The Movie
|Deadwood: The Movie|
|Written by||David Milch|
|Directed by||Daniel Minahan|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Production company(s)||HBO Films|
|Original release||May 31, 2019|
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.
In 1889, 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."
- 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
- W. Earl Brown as Dan Dority
- William Sanderson as E. B. Farnum
- Kim Dickens as Joanie Stubbs
- Sean Bridgers as Johnny Burns
- Gerald McRaney as George Hearst
- Jade Pettyjohn as Caroline
- Keone Young as Mr. Wu
- Lily Keene as Sofia Ellsworth
- Alan Ko as Mengyao
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. 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." 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; actors Jim Beaver and W. Earl Brown commented a day later that they considered the series to be over.
On August 12, 2015, it was reported that talks between HBO and Milch had resumed regarding a Deadwood film. In January 2016, HBO gave Milch the green-light to write a script for the film. 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." 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.
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. 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. 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.
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.
Nic Pizzolatto revealed in December 2018 that he had helped Milch write the screenplay. The first photos of the production were released on December 19, 2018. The show's mining town was recreated by production designer Maria Caso and was filmed on the same sets as Westworld. 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.
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