At long last, Deadwood is getting the wrap-up it deserves. Series creator David Milch has delivered a script for a Deadwood movie and at least one person who’s read it, Deadwood actor W. Earl Brown, calls it “stunning.” Now Milch must assemble his cast and get to work shooting the film, while also taking care of his responsibilities as a contributor to season 3 of True Detective.
Getting the Deadwood band back together shouldn’t be that difficult, given the affection most of those actors have expressed for both the show and Milch. One actor who absolutely must be secured for the film is Ian McShane, who played saloon owner Al Swearengen on the original series. It wouldn’t be Deadwood without McShane playing a thousand angles at once while dropping brilliant profanities in iambic pentameter.
Since news of the Deadwood film was first reported, some have wondered about McShane’s availability for the HBO project, given his current involvement with Starz network’s series American Gods. Well, never fear. EW looked into the matter and is reporting that McShane’s contract with Starz allows him to jump over to HBO and film the Deadwood movie, provided there is no conflict in shooting schedules.