(extremely Al Swearengen voice) Gather 'round, all hoopleheads, whores, gunslingers and everything in-between, for our hour of grievous discontent has finally come to a close. The cocksuckers at HBO have finally gotten off their pretty white ponies and decided it's time to wallow in the muck and booze and blood again by returning to what's arguably one of the greatest television series to ever appear on the idiot boxes of sad sack wanderers the world over.
That's fucking right, y'all: Deadwood is coming back! According to Variety, the news is coming out of the TCA summer press tour, where HBO Programming President Casey Bloys stated:
“All of these people worked hard to get this together. It’s been a logistics nightmare getting all the cast members’ schedules together but we are there. It is greenlit.”
Bloys also said the movie is currently slated to start shooting this October for a Spring '19 release, but let everyone present know that the air date is still not set in stone.
In case you may have forgotten (or your memory is cloudly from a little too much opium smoke), we delved into what the movie is more than likely going to revolve around (should it stick to a loose re-telling of history, like the rest of the series). As Phil wrote a few years back (before ironically dying due to acute unfrosted Pop Tart poisoning):
"The perplexing sonofabitch in this equation is when and how the story will pick up. 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."
Reportedly, Dan Minahan (Game of Thrones, The Newsroom) will be directing from an original script by creator David Milch. No word on the proposed running time (as Milch's script at one point was supposedly long enough to break up into two features), but let's hope it runs six hours and has just as much killing and Shakespearean swearing as we've become accustomed to.
So, there you have it, you reckless mutants. Against all odds, Deadwood is coming back, and we might have less than a year to wait until we lay our eyes upon this unholy Old West abomination. Prepare yourself for fucking blood.