This writer is almost without words because I loved every single frame of film that made up HBO’s DEADWOOD. Even though there was talk over the years it just seemed impossible to assemble enough of the original cast to return to that rough-hewn town in South Dakota. And then all the stars aligned and the project formed into an HBO Film. To prove that it is real and not some fever dream, check out our DEADWOOD news in HBO Classics and the Tease that just dropped to herald the return of Swearengen, Bullock, Calamity Jane, and the rest.
A press release from March 21 states –
The HBO Films presentation DEADWOOD will debut FRIDAY, MAY 31 at 8:00pm (ET/PT). In this original movie based on David Milch’s acclaimed, Emmy®-winning HBO series of the same name which debuted 15 years ago today, the indelible characters of the show are reunited after a decade to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood. Former rivalries are reignited, alliances are tested and old wounds reopened as all are left to navigate the inevitable changes that modernity and time have wrought. Returning cast members include: Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant, Molly Parker, Paula Malcomson, John Hawkes (HBO’s “Eastbound & Down”) , Anna Gunn, Dayton Callie, Brad Dourif, Robin Weigert (HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” “Angels in America”), William Sanderson (HBO’s “True Blood”), Kim Dickens (HBO’s “Treme”), Gerald McRaney, Sean Bridgers, W. Earl Brown and Keone Young (HBO’s “True Blood”), among others. The film will also feature new cast member Jade Pettyjohn. During its three-season, 36-episode run on HBO from 2004 to 2006, the “Deadwood” series was nominated for 28 Primetime Emmy® Awards, winning eight, including Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (Walter Hill). The series also received a Golden Globe Award for Best Performer by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama (Ian McShane). Executive produced by David Milch, Carolyn Strauss, Daniel Minahan, Gregg Fienberg, Scott Stephens, Ian McShane and Timothy Olyphant; co-executive producer, Regina Corrado; directed by Daniel Minahan; written by David Milch.
In the clip above Sheriff Seth Bullock asks – “What’s the move, Al?” Yeah, just what is ‘the move’? What happens to the denizens of Deadwood on November 2, 1889, when the territory joins the Union as the 39th state? We’ll know when Friday, 05.31 comes around. I’ll be watching, how about you?