Nine years ago this month, HBO's hit series Deadwood aired its last episode after just three seasons on the air. Ever since then, fans have been clamoring for the show to return in some form, with series star Kim Dickens saying last year that Deadwood creator David Milch still wants to give the beloved Western series a proper ending. Earlier today, star Garret Dillahunt told his Twitter followers that he's heard rumors of a Deadwood movie. Here's what the actor had to say on his Twitter page.
"So uh....I'm hearing credible rumors about a #Deadwood movie. #Everybodypray. Come on @HBO...you made @entouragemovie. Give the #Deadwood fans some closure. #Youcandoit."
TV Line also reports that HBO is actually in negotiations with David Milch for a movie that will wrap up the story line, though it is not stated whether or not this will be a movie that airs on HBO or in theaters, like Sex and the City: The Movie and Entourage. The show was abruptly canceled in 2006, but HBO announced plans for two TV movies shortly thereafter. They never came to fruition. It isn't known if David Milch already has a story worked out, or how far along the negotiations are between the network and the writer.
Set in the late 1800s in Deadwood, South Dakota, the show centered on a camp of outlaws that faces a number of challenges, not the least of which isits first elections. But the power struggles continue over everything in Deadwood-influence, money, and whores-as the founding camp members form strategic alliances to face down the threat of a powerful newcomer, seeking to remake Deadwood in his image. During its three seasons on the air, Deadwood was nominated for 28 Emmy Awards, winning eight for makeup, hairstyling, cinematography, sound editing, costumes and direction, for Walter Hill's work on the pilot episode.
The diverse cast included Timothy Olyphant as new Sheriff Seth Bullock, Ian McShane as the ruthless town boss Al Swearengen, John Hawkes as Sol Star, Molly Parker as Alma Garret, Powers Boothe as Cy Tolliver, Robin Weigert as Calamity Jane, Brad Dourif as Doc Cochran, Leon Rippy as Tom Nuttal, Paula Malcomson as Trixie, Sean Bridgers as Johnny Burns, W. Earl Brown as Dan Dority, Dayton Callie as Charlie Utter, Jim Beaver as Ellsworth, William Sanderson as E.B. Farnum, Kim Dickens as Joanie Stubbs, Jeffrey Jones as A.W. Merrick, Titus Welliver as Silas Adams, Anna Gunn as Martha Bullock, Garret Dillahunt as Francis Wolcott, Bree Seanna Wall as Sofia Metz, Brent Sexton as Harry Manning. Recurring guest stars included Brian Cox as flamboyant stage promoter Jack Langrishe and Gerald McRaney as power-hungry newcomer George Hearst.
HBO wouldn't confirm that negotiations are under way for a Deadwood movie, but hopefully we'll hear something official soon. Several of the aforementioned cast members went on to much bigger roles, and the news comes just months after Timothy Olyphant ended his five-season run on FX's Justified and Dayton Callie wrapped up his role on Sons of Anarchy. Are you hoping this comes to fruition, or would you rather see Deadwood return as a full revival TV series? While we wait for any official details to come in, check out Garret Dillahunt's tweets below.