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Deadwood movie 'looking very good,' HBO says

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The fabled Deadwood movie is finally looking very real — as in, likely going into production this year real. The thing is still not certain yet — it’s the Deadwood movie after all — but it’s as certain as something can be without actually being certain… if that makes sense.

This is how HBO’s programming president Casey Bloys explained it to us, and he’s not a guy who’s big on giving viewers false hope: “Assuming we can get the actors — their deals and schedules lined up — and the budget, which I think is close, we’re going to do this possibly in ’18 sometime,” Bloys said. “There are a lot of logistics that have to come together. The actors are on different shows. Assuming we can get them together, it’s looking very good.”

And in case you’re wondering, “the Deadwood movie” is literally movie length — two hours, Bloys confirmed, so don’t expect a miniseries.

 

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I'll be interested in seeing if they pick up on what's going on 12 years later or if they are just going to pretend it's a year or two later. McShane has aged remarkably well but I think the rest of the cast is going to be much more difficult sell if that's the case.

From a historical point of view, the show took place in 1876-77. The Gem Theatre was burned down in 1879, along with most of the town, and it was rebuilt considerably larger and more opulent. In 1899 the Gem was torched again and Swearengen left town. He died in 1905 at the age of 59. Historical accuracy was never the show's strong point, but they may be looking at the real events for inspiration.

Fun factoid: Swearengen was actually quite young when the shit in Deadwood was going on. He was only in his thirties. McShane was older when he started playing the character than Swearengen was when he died.

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19 hours ago, polishgenius said:



It continues to blow my mind that he's 75.

Wow, i did NOT know that. Mind blowing indeed. 

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http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/la-et-entertainment-news-updates-2018-at-long-last-deadwood-robin-weigert-1532094876-htmlstory.html#

 actress Robin Weigert — who famously portrayed Calamity Jane in the HBO western — suggested that a “Deadwood” reunion is closer than ever. “It's safe enough to say it's happening this fall," Weigert said. “There's a set being built and tax incentives to get it done. A lot of [actors] have signed on. There's a 90% chance it'll finally happen.”

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I finally got round to watching this series, what’s the general opinion on the individual seasons? Season 3 didn’t quite gel with me as well as the other two, but it was still great. It was so awesome to watch and then look up after, I had no clue it was based on anything true at all. Such a shame it was cut short, it ended on a bit of a downer. 

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1 minute ago, DaveSumm said:

I finally got round to watching this series, what’s the general opinion on the individual seasons? Season 3 didn’t quite gel with me as well as the other two, but it was still great. It was so awesome to watch and then look up after, I had no clue it was based on anything true at all. Such a shame it was cut short, it ended on a bit of a downer. 

I've only watched the first 2 seasons, which I liked, especially season 1, and didn't get into season 3 as I felt the stories were too much of the same, and got bored. Here on the board it is a well regarded show.

I actually visited the town of Deadwood a few years ago. They had gun fight reenactments in the street, and there is a monument dedicated to Wild Bill.

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Deadwood season three is Kinda like Rome season two. Better than most tv but a step down from the previous season(s). The theatre storyline did not work for me although Brian Cox hamming it up was awesome. 

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3 hours ago, Mark Antony said:

Deadwood season three is Kinda like Rome season two. Better than most tv but a step down from the previous season(s). The theatre storyline did not work for me although Brian Cox hamming it up was awesome. 

And S3 gave us Dan vs the Captain. 

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Oh shit, I forgot about that fight ... yea that was awesome. I just didn’t quite get the whole Hurst situation, it didn’t seem like he had much security until the end of the season so I spent the whole time wondering what was holding back Swearengen and Tolliver. Tolliver spent most of the time eating a big plate of shit from Hurst, and Swearengen gets his damn finger cut off ... season one Swearengen wouldn’t have stood for that for a second. I mean he was stood on the roof most of the season, just ... shoot him? Or something? Maybe there would be some repercussions I’m not seeing. And yea, I didn’t dislike the theatre people but it just took time away from other characters, the Doc wasn’t in it much.

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I think at the time I maybe thought season 3 was weaker but with hindsight I look back in the whole thing with fondness.

I got the impression S3 was made with the expectation of S4 happening and as such we got a lot of groundwork for what could have been an excellent S4. A bit like how S1 and S3 of black sails set up S2 and S4.

I read something about the film the other that makes me a lot more optimistic about it seeing the light of day. I always thought of it as wishful thinking

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On 7/20/2018 at 10:41 PM, red snow said:

I think at the time I maybe thought season 3 was weaker but with hindsight I look back in the whole thing with fondness.

Season 3 really is weaker. It has the problem that kills Deadwood, IMO, which is that the writers lose interest in any established character other than Al very easily. Plus, Al is a hard character to sustain over several seasons. You have to soften him, and they do, but then he loses his unique selling point and the cracks start to show.

Season 1 of Deadwood is some of the best TV ever made. Seasons 2 and 3 are pretty good. But I don't own them and don't feel the need to. Nor do I feel any real interest in a sequel film or season after all this time. If it materialises, I might watch it out of curiosity or if it gets excellent reviews, but I'm not hanging on for news.

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