TVLine is reporting that HBO programming president Michael Lombardo has confirmed that a Deadwood movie is going to happen — at some point.
There’s been speculation of a Deadwood movie ever since the show’s conclusion in 2006, so it’s amazing that, 10 years on, people still want the thing to happen. People is a general term, obviously, so, to be more specific: series creator David Milch would love to see it happen.
According to Lombardo,
“David 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.”
Lombardo also confirmed that this would certainly be a movie and not a limited series, which is the same path he took with the recently canned Looking, though they barely waited a year to do that, as compared to the decade that’s passed since Deadwood going off the air. That decade means that it’ll be a tough time getting the show’s stars like Ian McShane and Timothy Olyphant back into the fray, but the folks at HBO say that the cast and crew remained tight after the show, so maybe it won’t be that difficult.
What would a Deadwood movie mean, plot-wise, anyway? Would everyone be killed? Would Al Swearengen take a pledge to never swear again? Will Nick Offerman return? Who knows. But we have some suggestions.
No word on a timeline for the movie, but Lombardo hinted that it would follow Milch’s current project, though it’s not clear what that might be.