Fans of HBO’s critically acclaimed Western series Deadwood have been longing for resolution since the show’s abrupt cancellation in 2006, after a season-ending cliffhanger that left the fate of the town uncertain. Rumors of a revival have been circulating ever since, but a Tweet from series star Garret Dillahunt set the Internet buzzing yesterday.
Here’s where it all started:
— Garret Dillahunt (@garretdillahunt) August 13, 2015
Truth be told, a Deadwood movie should’ve already happened. After the end of the third season, HBO offered series creator David Milch a chance to wrap things up with a shorter 6-episode season, but Milch declined. The two parties eventually came to an agreement the produce a pair of 2-hour films to give fans some closure, but those plans never materialized, and the cast eventually moved on to other projects.
Those other projects have likely been a key factor in preventing a Deadwood revival. Series star Timothy Olyphant has been busy over at FX with Justified for the past six years (with a number of Deadwood alumni appearing as guest stars throughout the show’s run), while Ian McShane has enjoyed numerous film and television roles.
With Justified ending its run earlier this year, and McShane working with HBO on the next season of Game of Thrones, perhaps the time is right to revisit the potential of reuniting the sizeable cast and allowing them to ride off into the sunset. But we’re still a long way from a confirmation – in a statement to Deadline, HBO said:
In reference to Garret Dillahunt’s tweet regarding the rumored Deadwood movie, there have only been very preliminary conversations.
There are a lot of different ways to interpret the phrase “preliminary conversations,” but we’re keeping our fingers crossed. This is the first time HBO has acknowledged the possibility of a Deadwood reunion, so it’s certainly better than nothing. And over the years, nearly every member of the show’s cast has expressed interest in coming back for a reunion – so maybe, just maybe, the network can finally make this happen.
Besides, it’s not like HBO has never done something like this before.
He’s got a point. The Entourage movie was released more than four years after the series ended – but it wasn’t like there was a rabid fanbase clamoring for more adventures with E, Vince, Turtle and Drama. The Deadwood audience, on the other hand, has spent close to a decade begging to return to the Gem Saloon – so what’s the holdup?
We’ll keep you posted as more news on the Deadwood movie begins to develop.