Timothy Olyphant does not count himself among those holding their breath for the Deadwood revival movie at HBO. The project in question has been moving along for quite some time now, with series creator David Milch having finished a script that not only wowed actors like Kim Dickens and W. Earl Brown, but it also got the powers that be at HBO interested in seeing the long-rumored project become a reality.
It has been several months since the last update on the proposed movie, with the most recent stating that production could start sometime this year. That was in November of 2017, though, with little in the way of official movement one way or the other since then. One of the hurdles in getting something like Deadwood off the ground is fitting the production into the busy schedules of all the actors involved, and with a cast as expansive as this one, doing so is less a hurdle than it is leaping a tall building in a single bound.
Which is probably why Olyphant, who played Sheriff Seth Bullock on the series, expressed his doubts when he appeared on E!’s Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen along with his Santa Clarita Diet co-star Drew Barrymore. In the above clip from the episode, Olyphant said:
“I am hopeful… I’m a huge fan of David Milch. The man means the world to me. It’s one of the most amazing creative experiences I’ve ever been able to be apart of, and I’d love to be … you know when you do these things you really miss the people. It would just be a lovely excuse to get all those people back together…
That being said, there’s no f***ing way it’s ever going to happen.”
Despite his admittedly cynical outlook of the situation, Olyphant did hold on to a slight glimmer of hope, acknowledging that progress had indeed been made. He said, he would "do [his] part" and that “it’s closer to being a reality than it’s ever been.”
In regard to Olyphant’s statement, EW contacted HBO for comment and received the following statement:
“We are continuing to try and bring this group of actors together. With varying schedules, it is a challenge, but we are committed to finding a way and making the film.”
The response is enough to keep hopes alive that Deadwood will get the proper sendoff it was denied when the series was abruptly cut short in 20016, but the longer it takes for the network to get the cast together, the more it’s going to feel like Olyphant was right all along.