HBO Is Finally Making a Movie That Will Wrap Up Deadwood

Film will start production in October and could air next spring

The show ran for three seasons, from 2004-2006. - Credit by HBO
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Twelve years after it last aired, Deadwood is getting ready to return to HBO.

Casey Bloys, the network’s president of programming, said at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour that HBO has officially greenlit a movie which will wrap up the Deadwood story.

Production on the movie will begin in October, and Bloys is targeting a spring 2019 premiere date.

The Western, set in 1870s Deadwood, S.D., ran for three seasons, from 2004-2006. Creator David Milch had always envisioned telling the story in four seasons, but HBO canceled the series after Season 3.

Ever since then, the network and Milch have been talking about ways to wrap up the story with a movie, but it has been a “logistics nightmare” coordinating the schedules of Milch and Deadwood stars like Timothy Olyphant (Sheriff Seth Bullock), Ian McShane (Al Swearengen) and Kim Dickens (Joanie Stubbs).

Bloys had no additional details about the Deadwood movie: “Let’s take the greenlight and celebrate that.”

In other programming news, Bloys said the final season of Game of Thrones, which is “pretty great,” will air sometime in the first half of 2019.

He was also effusive about the upcoming second season of Big Little Lies (“pretty amazing”) and the third season of True Detective, which will air early next year (“the cast is amazing; it’s looking good”).

And Curb Your Enthusiam will return when creator/star Larry David “feels ready,” said Bloys. “I expect he’ll be back soon.”

@jasonlynch Jason Lynch is TV/Media Editor at Adweek, overseeing trends, technology, personalities and programming across broadcast, cable and streaming video.