A 'Deadwood' Movie Might Be In The Works At HBO, So Break Out The Whiskey & Cross Your Fingers For These Characters
It's like the TV Gods have finally been listening to our prayers! That, or the Bigwig Head Honchos (official job title, I'm pretty sure) over at HBO have finally caught wise to what the people really want: a Deadwood movie. The brilliantly written, acted, and directed show only lived for three short seasons on HBO, and is frequently bemoaned as one of the most unfortunate early-cancellations around. Seriously, it gives Firefly a run for its money in the passionate fan base race. For good reason, this show is one of the best around, and they were clearly not expecting cancellation when they aired the Season 3 finale. It looks like we may finally be getting our wish for closure as Variety reports that HBO has had “very preliminary discussions” about bringing back Deadwood. Can I get an amen?
I know it's too soon to get excited, negotiations could easily fall apart, but I'm way beyond that now. I've had a hint of more Al Swergengen, and I won't be satisfied until I see him drinking and swearing on the big screen. With any luck HBO and David Milch (the show Creator, EP and head writer responsible for the shows unique language) will be able to come to an agreement, and soon. Assuming dreams do come true and this movie does get made, here are the nine Deadwood characters it needs to feature. Because seriously, if Entourage can get a movie how in the world could they say no to Deadwood?
1. Al Swearengen
The man, the myth, the legend. There is no question that there would be no Deadwood without Swearengen, nor would we want there to be.
2. Seth Bullock
Right behind Swearengen is Montana himself. Timothy Olympant has been rocking a cowboy hot for years on Justified, but it's just not the same. Bring back bullock, bring back the hats.
4. Sol Star
In a show loaded with amazing supporting characters, Star was the sweetest, struggling to fit in as the only Jewish guy in Deadwood. Let's see what he's up to, and if he and Trixie made it.
5. Mr. Wu
Because no movie would be complete without people trying to figure out what the heck he is saying.
6. Calamity Jane
Speaking of hard to understand, I literally turn on the subtitles when Jane would start on a drunken tangent. And I loved every minute of it.
7. Francis Wolcott
I'm not sure how they'd get him back onscreen, but Garret Dillahunt is clearly down for the cause, and I love him for alerting us to this awesome news.
Dancing, being fancy, or sassing Al, Jewel was a jewel. Let's make sure she get's some love in this dude-heavy town.
9. George Hearst
Easily one of the most chilling villains of all time, Hearst was powerful and manipulative. They could easily make a full movie about him tearing back into town.
Honestly, this list could go on forever. I'd love to see every single cast member return and get plenty of screen time, but, since this is a movie we are talking about and not a show, I'll settle for just some of them, any of them.