Last August, Garret Dillahunt — who was so good in Deadwood that he played two roles — began circulating a rumor that HBO might be bringing Deadwood back for an HBO movie. We took that rumor with a grain of salt; after all, Dillahunt also teased us into thinking he might be cast as Negan on The Walking Dead. We never want to trust Internet rumors because, as Al Swearengen once opined himself, “Get all the trust beat out of you. And you know what the f*ckin’ world is.”
It turns out, however, that what Dillahunt was sniffing was not bullsh*t.
“Welcome to f*cking Deadwood!”
Yesterday, we received confirmation of this Deadwood movie from a very reliable source: Michael Lombardo, the president of network programming at HBO.
“It’s going to happen,” he said.
Specifically, Lombardo confirmed to TVLine that creator “David [Milch] has our commitment that we are going to do it. He pitched what he thought generally the storyline would be — and knowing David, that could change. But it’s going to happen.”
That’s all we needed to hear.
The timing of the movie, however, is still uncertain. Lombardo said that David Milch is currently working on another project, but that as soon as he wraps up work on it, his full attention will turn toward the film. There is, however, the matter of bringing back the cast. HBO is lucky in that regard: Almost the entire cast of Deadwood is made up of character actors, and those who have gone on to find bigger fame elsewhere — Timothy Olyphant, Anna Gunn, Ian McShane, Dayton Callie, and John Hawkes — are not currently tied to any major series projects now that Sons of Anarchy and Justified, infamous users of Deadwood alums, have gone off the air.
So, we will finally get the ending the short-lived HBO series so rightfully deserved, which is to say: David Milch is finally getting an opportunity to kill off most of the cast.