*expletive removed* FINALLY, it looks like production on the long awaited Deadwood continuation film is going to happen as early as next year.
TVLine says they have a source who claims HBO is looking at a 2018 start for production. They go on to say, however, that there has been no official greenlight order for the film from the network.
You may recall when we broke the news earlier this year that David Milch's script for the film was completed, and various former cast members of the show had said they'd read it.
Like W. Earl Brown, who played Al Swearengen's number one guy Dan.
I've read the DEADWOOD film script.
— W. Earl Brown (@WEarlBrown) May 2, 2017
And Paula Malcomson (who played Trixie on Deadwood) also spoke about the script, saying that David Milch 'loves Trixie so much':
It's like a big Valentine for Al and Trixie. I can't believe her voice is still so present. It's just right there. It's really beautiful when you play a character that the writer [adores]. It just goes so deep for him. And I love her [too]. It's 10 years [later], so it's going to be really interesting."
Casey Bloys (HBO's top programming executives) said at this summer's Television Critics Association press conference that the Deadwood movie project 'was picking up steam.':
"The one thing that I was concerned about was I wanted a script that would stand on its own [for Deadwood fans and non-fans]. [Series creator] David [Milch] totally delivered on that. I think it's a terrific script. If we can do it on a budget that makes sense for us, and if we can get the cast together, we're inclined to do it."
Deadwood ran for three seasons on HBO before its untimely cancellation that left fans in the lurch, never knowing how the story ended for the main characters.