‘Deadwood’ Could Return as a Movie, HBO Says

“There have only been very preliminary conversations,” network tells TheWrap regarding revival of Western drama starring Ian McShane and Timothy Olyphant

Last Updated: August 13, 2015 @ 9:10 AM

HBO’s “Deadwood” was beloved but short-lived, spanning only three seasons from 2004 to 2006.

However, the Western drama may be returning as a movie, according to the network responding to a tweet by actor Garret Dillahunt.

“In reference to Garret Dillahunt’s tweet regarding the rumored Deadwood movie, there have only been very preliminary conversations,” an HBO spokesperson told TheWrap Wednesday.

The campaign to bring back the cult show that starred Ian McShane and Timothy Olyphant plus an ensemble cast playing historical figures such as Seth Bullock, Al Swearengen, Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and Wyatt Earp, was sparked by Dillahunt, who tweeted the idea.

“So uh….I’m hearing credible rumors about a #Deadwood movie.  #Everybodypray,” wrote the actor who played Jack McCall.

“Come on @HBO…you made @entouragemovie. Give the #Deadwood fans some closure.  #Youcandoit,” he pleaded later Wednesday night.

Set in a South Dakota town in the 1870s, “Deadwood” received wide critical acclaim and raked in eight Emmy awards including for best drama, best writing and best acting, and a Golden Globe for McShane.

However, in May 2006, HBO confirmed it had opted not to pick up the options of the actors. Talks of subsequent film revivals followed but never came to fruition and in 2009 McShane told Jon Stewart during a “Daily Show” appearance that “‘Deadwood’ is dead.”