The Western genre seems to be alive and well across entertainment. “Red Dead Redemption 2” grabbed the highest grossing opening weekend for a piece of media ever after earning north of $750 Million for its first week of sales. Additionally, the Coen Brothers are set to release “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” with Netflix in the coming weeks. That film will feature six anthology stories about the West. So far, it has received strong reviews and a prize from the Venice Film Festival for its screenplay. Now, HBO will join in the fun with the announcement of the “Deadwood” film beginning production.
According to a PR release from HBO, the continuation of the beloved series has begun production. The series ran for three seasons from 2004 to 2006, elevating many actors along the way. “Deadwood” received twenty-eight Emmy nominations over its run, winning eight in the process. Ian McShane became a television icon for his role as Al Swearengen, who may hold the record for the filthiest dialogue ever uttered on screen. McShane will return for the film. Also on board are Timothy Olyphant, Molly Parker, John Hawkes, Brad Dourif, Paula Malcolmson, and Gerald McRaney. Most important of all, David Milch will return to write the screenplay.
The “Deadwood” film will be directed by Daniel Minahan, who directed four episodes of the original series. He also has experience directing for “Game of Thrones,” “True Blood,” and other HBO series. In the age of streaming, “Deadwood” received a strong revival by those who champion it as one of the greatest shows ever made (it was ranked 9th all-time in “TV: The Book”). Good on HBO to give the show a chance to finally finish the story Milch set out to tell before the cancellation.