Listen Up Hoopleheads: DEADWOOD Revival Aims To Start Production In 2018

Here's some good news for the thieves and the killers amongst our ranks.

One of the great TV tragedies of all-time was the early cancellation of Deadwood. When David Milch's Shakespearean Western prematurely ceased to be following three seasons, fans felt like HBO had robbed them of closure for some of the finest characters in the network's history (though, to be fair, you can just look up what happened to each if you wanted). 

For years, it'd been rumored that Milch was going to write a one to two-movie finale that would act like an epilogue to the chronicle that came before. Now, that dream is coming a tiny bit closer to fruition. Though the project hasn't been greenlit as of yet, the creator has turned in a screenplay (that head of programming Casey Bloys has labeled "terrific") and cast members have been approached about their availability.

Deadline is reporting that the production is eyeing a Fall 2018 start date, with Milch's script reportedly revolving around a fire that consumes the town (based on an actual event in 1879 that took down 300 buildings) and sends Al Swearengen (Ian McShane) fleeing by barge (an event our own Phil Nobile Jr. - doing a mean Milch impersonation - goes into detail about here). 

Look, Deadwood is one of the richest shows in television history - a shining achievement during a true Golden Age that included both The Sopranos and The Wire. For years, every Sunday evening was a treat for lovers of complicated, adult storytelling, and to see Milch try and get back up on this horse (pun intended, shut up) is beyond exciting (however, watching the show without Powers Boothe, may he rest in peace, will be intensely sad).

While it's certainly been a while since he's scratched that series itch (though he's writing an episode of the upcoming Jeremy Saulnier-helmed third season of True Detective), this is a creator known for long breaks in-between milestone works (just look at the chasms that divide Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue, and then Blue from Deadwood). It's time that we took a trip back to that dusty den of sin, as this writer (and many others) want to see these anti-heroes live, breathe (and die) one last time.