Deadwood, the HBO produced hit Western serial drama, has been off the sir since the conclusion of season 3. The program was perfunctorily cancelled in 2006 amid talks of a proposed fourth season in the form of two two-hour feature films, leaving fans without much hope of ever returning to the former titular locale.
There has been some speculation over the years regarding the return of creator David Milch’s period-piece, but the acclaimed showrunner has not yet definitively stated that HBO has agreed to air anything of the sort – though word from one of his former lead actors may finally prove otherwise.
According to actor Garrett Dillahunt (who played Francis Wolcott and Jack McCall on the fan-favorite series), HBO may finally be in talks with Milch regarding the climactic return of Deadwood. As the actor posted this morning on his official Twitter account, Dillahunt has heard some rumors regarding the return of the program and is praying for the best (as seen below).
Echoing the actor’s statement broadcast online, when asked for comment an unnamed HBO representative had this to say, as reported by TV Line:
“In reference to Garret Dillahunt’s tweet regarding the rumored Deadwood movie, there have only been very preliminary conversations.”
Coming after last year’s discussion regarding the continuation of the series from actress Kim Dickens, Dillahunt may just be getting everyone’s hopes up once more. Just where these preliminary discussions between HBO’s chief executives may go is still up in the air for now, despite whatever any former cast members might hope for.
Given the rather abrupt close to the franchise in 2006, and with the series’ planned wrap-up movie still on the table, it would be exciting to see Dillahunt’s prayers finally answered. For now, though, it might be best to wait patiently, and not get too excited for any return from the ever illusive series that still is one of HBO’s most highly praised dramas.
As always, we’ll keep you posted on and any all future developments regarding the return of Deadwood.
Source: TV Line