‘Deadwood’ Movie Update: HBO Exec Praises David Milch’s ‘Terrific’ Script

'Deadwood' Movie Update: HBO Exec Praises

Attention “Deadwood” fans: There’s some movement on the prospect of a movie coming to fruition at HBO.

HBO Original Programming chief Casey Bloys told reporters Wednesday that he was impressed by the script delivered a few months ago by series creator David Milch. Bloys said he wanted to ensure that a movie would be accessible to viewers who have not seen the original series, which ran for three seasons from 2004-2006.

“I wanted a script that would stand on its own … I’m happy to say that David totally delivered on that. It’s a terrific script,” Bloys said during the Television Critics Assn. summer press tour in Beverly Hills.


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Bloys quickly cautioned that there are a number of hurdles to clear before the cameras roll.

“If we can do it for a budget that makes sense for us, if we can find a director and we can get the cast together — it’s no easy task — we’re inclined to do it,” Bloys said.

Fans have been clamoring for a “Deadwood” movie ever since the prospect was floated by HBO after the original show was canceled amid some behind-the-scenes strife.

“Deadwood,” a heady oater set in the rough-and-tumble South Dakota town that is a part of Old West lore, has long been heralded as one of the best drama series of the modern era. Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant, Molly Parker and John Hawkes were part of the show’s large ensemble cast.

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  1. Cray says:

    “If we can do it for a budget that makes sense for us, if we can find a director and we can get the cast together — it’s no easy task — we’re inclined to do it”

    do it co@k$ucker, no matter the hurdles….we still pissed at you for cancelling the series in the first place.

  2. Deadwood was one of the top dramas ever to hit the airwaves, and I could make a case that it was THE best show ever. That being said I was one of the people who cancelled their HBO after the show was cancelled and I said that I would never give HBO my money again. That being said, I would pay to see the movie. However, I am deeply torn about the whole idea of the movie. I highly doubt that it would do the original show justice. The characters were very complex and it took many an episode to finish a story line. I can’t imagine a 2 hr movie wrapping up all the loose threads into a nice and neat package. If they attempt such a feat, I believe that is would just be a gigantic mess leaving more questions than answers. It would be ugly.
    They claim that a script is written. I have my doubts. I believe that it would be more of a story board than an actual script. They would need to gather a lot of different actors together, many of whom are very busy, and have them all together at the same time?! Really?!?! How long can they get these actors together??? Not long, I would think. I have my doubts that this project will ever come to fruition. The complexity of this “movie” is mind boggling. I have a feeling that it will eventually fall apart. Why would HBO put much effort into a 1 time movie?! I just don’t see them doing it. I think this is a play to get more people to sign up for the network.
    Still……what would be really nice is to have Deadwood back. Even for just a couple of hours.

    • I think you are right. David Milch is known for writing on the fly too. Most of Deadwood was written spontaneously on the set!! So for David Milch to have a complete script seems strange… on the other hand, he’s had enough time to do it! Here’s hoping that it happens and that it’s great!

  3. Yalo says:

    I’m guessing Sy Tolliver wasn’t written in the new script.

  4. walkie@gmail.com says:

    Right when you get excited, HBO takes a giant crap on things. It just seems like HBO is looking for reasons to NOT do it.

    • Lol says:

      Lol what part of the article gave you the impression they are trying to find a reason not to do it, this whole article was positive in regards to the moving forward of the deadwood movie plans

  5. Luna Cascade says:

    Deadwood is one of HBO’s best series yet. The series will be hard to top. It had well developed characters written beautifully for the series and a superb cast to make the words come alive. I’m not sure the movie would be able to convey the complexity of story and character the series did. Maybe they should just leave a good thing alone.

  6. krumhorn says:

    A completely fabulous series!

    – Krumhorn

    • Jpacman80 says:

      I’m not sure a 2hr movie could do this show justice at this point

      • jedi77 says:

        Tend to agree. As much as I would love to see Al Swearengen again, making a movie for the sake of making a movie seems stupid.

        Were there plotthreads left unresolved, sure, but it’s not gonna be fixed with an exposition heavy movie, where everyone has to ask “so, did you enjoy the last 12 years in Louisiana?” because we need to fill in all the blanks.

        And what on God’s green earth is the point of making the movie for people who haven’t seen the show?

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