We're currently in a TV era of reboots and revivals, which has brought shows like The X-Files and Gilmore Girls back for another go years after they came to an end on the small screen. One show that would be a perfect candidate for revival is HBO's Deadwood, which came to an abrupt conclusion in 2006 after three seasons. There have been talks of the show coming back off and on over the past decade, but nothing has happened. Now, we have news that could point toward a revival moving forward. Deadwood star Ian McShane has given a major update on the potential revival, saying this about creator David Milch's progress:
Two-hour movie script has been delivered to HBO. If they don't deliver [a finished product], blame them.
According to Ian McShane, David Milch has finally produced a fitting script for a Deadwood movie to HBO, and it's now on HBO to get production rolling. The news comes after fans have gone more than a decade with only rumors and vague promises that more Deadwood might somehow and someday be in the works. Given that McShane said as recently as December that there was "talk about it" but nothing solid had been worked out, I'd say his news should be pretty exciting for fans. It's still not confirmation, but it's definitely progress.
Of course, we've known for a while now that HBO is on board for more Deadwood. Former HBO programming president Michael Lombardo revealed last year that David Milch had the network's commitment to produce a reunion movie, and Milch had even pitched a general story. Assuming new HBO programming head honcho Casey Bloys is as on board for Deadwood as his predecessor, we could very well see forward movement in the not-too-distant future.
Ian McShane went on in his chat with TVLine to say this about whether David Milch could make the revival happen with the original actors:
I'll be seeing him for lunch [soon]. We'd all love to do it... It would be nice to see all of the old gang again.
We'll have to wait and see what happens next. Considering that we've been waiting for a decade now, I'd say that we can wait a little while longer for more news. A lot may depend on the availability of the cast. Ian McShane himself currently has a starring gig on Starz' American Gods, and the other actors have moved on in their careers as well.
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