HBO have released the first official trailer for “Deadwood: The Movie.”
Before getting the big screen treatment, the Emmy-winning HBO show ran for three seasons before it was canceled off air. It followed the constant crime and corruption within the town of Deadwood, South Dakota in the late 1800s. In the new film, old rivalries flare up as Al Swearengen (Ian McShane) returns to the town. Showrunner David Milch returns to write the script for the film, which is being directed by Daniel Minahan. Fans familiar with Minahan’s work might recognize him from directing projects like “True Blood” and “Game of Thrones” episodes.
Throughout its three year run, the show was nominated for multiple Primetime Emmys across the cinematography, makeup and hairstyling, and costume design departments. In 2004, Walter Hill won an Emmy for directing the pilot episode. From 2005-2007, the series took home multiple Emmy wins for art direction and makeup. “Deadwood” made its presence clear and audiences have wanted more ever since. The series cancellation was over studio disputes, from which Milch introduced the idea of two finale films. It’s been a long time coming, as just last year HBO Films confirmed the feature.
When “Deadwood” got canceled at HBO, many were left wanting more from the story. Now 13 years later, audiences will be transported back to the era of gunslingers as Ian McShane and Timothy Olyphant return to reprise their roles as Al Swearengen and Sheriff Seth Bullock. Other cast members include Kim Dickens, Brad Dourif, Robin Weigert, Molly Parker, Anna Gunn, W. Earl Brown and Jeffrey Jones.
“Deadwood: The Movie” is produced by HBO Films. It premieres on their platform May 31.