GLASSJAW Posted August 16, 2015 Share Posted August 16, 2015 This probably doesn't deserve its own thread, but I don't care. I am excited. For those who don't know, the series is about the lawless town of Deadwood, and its cast of (once real) characters, primarily the proprietor of a whore house, Al Swearengen -- the only character in TV history, IMO, who matches up to Tony Soprano. The show is known for its extremely complex language, politics, wit, and vulgarity (makes Game of Thrones seem childish at times). It has long-been a critical darling, and even though it was cancelled years ago, after just three seasons, critics still write articles about it. Just in July, there was an article in the New York Times that was singing its praises: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/22/arts/television/revisiting-deadwood-a-lawless-prelude-to-tvs-new-golden-age.html?_r=0 New York Magazine's TV critic and the editor in chief of Roger Ebert's projects (Matt Zoller Seitz) has spent a chunk of his career writing and talking about the show's complexity. Here was a video essay he made about the show last year: (http://www.rogerebert.com/mzs/a-lie-agreed-upon-david-milchs-deadwood) And the New Yorker refers to show's lead writer/creator Milch (known just as much for being a heroin addict Yale professor as he is great TV writer) as a "genius in the literal definition of the word" (http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2005/02/14/the-misfit-2) News of the show's possible return has brought on a fresh new bunch of hyperbole, with The Guardian calling it the best HBO show of all time (http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/tvandradioblog/2015/aug/14/deadwood-is-the-best-drama-hbo-has-ever-made-it-must-be-revived). Anyway, there's not reason to be thrilled, but certainly optimistic: Is “Deadwood” about to return from the dead? A spokesman for HBO confirmed to Variety that “very preliminary discussions” have been made to resurrect the Western series with a movie, though it’s unclear how serious the premium channel is about the pic. Actor Garret Dillahunt, who played Francis Wolcott on the series that ran from 2004-06, ignited the chatter Wednesday when he tweeted: “So uh … I’m hearing credible rumors about a #Deadwood movie.” “Come on HBO,” he wrote. “You made the ‘Entourage’ movie. Give the #Deadwood fans some closure.” Despite the overture, fans of the Emmy-winning drama know not to hop in the saddle just yet. HBO previously announced two “Deadwood” movies when it officially cancelled the show in 2008, but nothing ever came of them. Creator David Milch was also said to be offered a shorter fourth season of the series but quickly rejected the idea. Still, Hollywood loves a comeback story and Milch, himself, has hinted at the possibility of a revival. “I don’t know that the last word has been said on the subject,” he told Esquire in 2011. “I still nourish the hope that we’re going to get to do a little more work in that area.” “Deadwood,” which starred Ian McShane as merciless saloon owner Al Swearengen, ran for three seasons before abruptly ending its run. The acclaimed drama also starred Timothy Olyphant, Molly Parker and Brad Dourif, and is widely considered to be one of HBO’s best original series alongside “The Wire” and “The Sopranos.” http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/hbo-confirms-early-talks-of-deadwood-movie-1201569178/ Is anyone else as excited as I am? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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