What a nightmare it has been trying to get this Deadwood wrap-up rolling at HBO. If you recall, last November it was reported that a revival was aiming for a 2018 production:
"...[Deadwood] 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."
Our recently deceased Fairy Godfather, Phil Nobile, Jr., actually went into detail regarding what the movie's plot could revolve around, saying:
"By 1887 (the approximate time-frame with which this theoretical motion picture would concern itself, assuming said passage of time would be acknowledged), much had changed in Deadwood. But there are a number of milestones to which the film could hitch its story, depending on the "when" of it. The catastrophic fire which wiped out most of the town in 1879 might provide a central element of the narrative, and was possibly the event around which the show's abandoned fourth season plans revolved.
The flood of 1882, which again decimated the town, could provide another, more expensive story element. If the passage of time is to be embraced, one might look forward to seeing the 1884 arrival of Theodore Roosevelt, who becomes lifelong friends with Seth Bullock (a returning Timothy Olyphant, one alternately assumes and prays). Al Swearengen lived in Deadwood as late as 1899."
Now, shit is just getting hectic, as Olyphant - who is really starting to look like the Rich Man's Josh Duhamel - is out in these dusty streets, telling us all not to get our hopes up in the rudest way possible. On Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, he slipped into his Seth Bullock character with alarming ease:
“There’s no fucking way it will ever happen.”
In the parlance of Al Swearengen: quite the ornery cocksucker, aren't we there, Mr. Bullock? To be fair, Olyphant preceded that blunt denial in a much more polite fashion:
“I am hopeful. I mean I’m … I’m… I’m a huge fan of David Milch. The man means the world to me. It’s one of the most amazing creative experiences I’ve ever been able to be apart of, and I’d love to be … you know when you do these things you really miss the people. It would just be a lovely excuse to get all those people back together…”
So, which is it hoopleheads? Is Deadwood set to roll this Fall, or is killed dead, once again? Looks like we're back to square one, which is a bummer (though Olyphant even says he's "doing his part" to try and get it going). Here's hoping things turn around, as so many adoring fans would love to take a trip back to this whiskey-stained Western Hellhole one last time.