Thirteen years after its final episode, Deadwood returns to HBO. This time, the critically-acclaimed western comes to the small screen as a movie. For lovers of this HBO series, the Deadwood movie has been a long time coming. Many of us hope that it will provide much-needed closure to the series’ rather unfulfilling and abrupt ending on August 27, 2006. The movie premieres on May 31 and can be seen on HBO, HBO NOW, HBO GO, and HBO On Demand. I can’t wait to tell you all I know about it; but first, let’s take a peek at the Deadwood movie trailer:
What is the Deadwood Movie About?
Usually, I like to be the one to drop the deets (details) about a new show or series. I get a charge out of being the one who’s in the know. What can I say? While I’d like to crow about this show, I’m going to step aside and have HBO tell you about it. Here’s what the network has to say about its upcoming Deadwood movie:
“The movie comes nearly 13 years after the drama concluded in 2006 and follows the 10-year reunion of the camp to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood. Former rivalries are reignited, alliances are tested, and old wounds are reopened, as all are left to navigate the inevitable changes that modernity and time have wrought.”
Sounds it will be filled with all the drama, intrigue, and action of the series, doesn’t it? I sure think so. Speaking of the Deadwood movie trailer, I was pleased to see many familiar faces in it. I doubled-checked with HBO to see who’s coming back and it looks like it’s most or all of fans’ favorite characters who survived the series.
Here’s a breakdown of who’s in the Deadwood movie:
- Ian McShane as Al Swearengen
- Timothy Olyphant as Sheriff Seth Bullock
- Molly Parker as Alma Ellsworth
- Paula Malcomson as Trixie
- John Hawkes as Sol Starr
- Anna Gunn as Mrs. Bullock
- Dayton Callie as Charlie Utter
- Brad Dourif as Doc Cochran
- Robin Weigert as Calamity Jane Canary
- William Sanderson as E.B. Farnum
- Kim Dickens as Joanie Stubbs
- Gerald McRaney as George Hearst
HBO Had to do This Movie!
That’s my opinion anyway and it’s probably shared by hundreds of thousands of other Deadwood fans. This series was one of the network’s lineup of amazing original shows that made Sunday night cool. Unfortunately, its future fell victim to the same fate that often befalls most historical dramas: it became too expensive to produce. (At least that’s my theory.) The story and the show were cut short, which left so many characters’ important storylines unresolved.
After three seasons of amazing plots and endearing characters, Deadwood fans were dropped like a hot potato. I’m not the only one who felt that way. The show has been named on more than a few lists of shows that were cancelled too soon. As popular as Deadwood was with so many viewers, not everyone is happy about the upcoming movie…
… Stuart Sweet Strikes Again
While Stuart is an expert in so many things, he seems to hate everything I watch. I had the distinct pleasure of his company this week when he joined us at our Michigan headquarters. I brought up the subject of the Deadwood movie and he grumbled, “If a streaming service does a movie about a show that aired 13 years ago, which itself was about a time 150 years ago, is it really HBO NOW? Isn’t it more like HBO THEN?”
Wow! All I can say is that some people just don’t get it, and Stuart is one of them. I have a feeling that he’s in the minority here. Even though Deadwood only ran for three seasons, it was an amazing show with historically accurate visuals and great performances from its ensemble cast. I’m sure that the Deadwood movie will offer an amazing and original storyline that entertains and offers fans the closure that the series deserves.
Could the Deadwood Movie be an Inspiration?
As a fan of the original series, I will watch this movie. I hope it’s a raging success too. Maybe that might urge HBO and Daniel Knauf to mend fences and make a Carnivàle movie. Although this dust bowl-era paranormal drama only ran for two seasons, it was a much-loved program for so many viewers. HBO received a tidal wave of fan mail when HBO announced it was pulling the series’ plug on May 11, 2005. Outraged loyal viewers begged the network to reconsider but it was a no go.
HBO declined to revive the series and show creator Daniel Knauf refused to conclude its open-ended plot points with a three-hour movie. Way to put the fans first, guys! I’m hoping the success of the Deadwood movie might make everyone involved in the series change their minds. They could take inspiration from Deadwood and set the events of a Carnivàle movie a number of years after the events of season two. It’s a good idea and Stuart couldn’t convince me otherwise if he tried.
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