After HBO canceled Deadwood, Timothy Olyphant never thought he’d get another chance to play Seth Bullock, but 13 years later, thanks to Daniel Minahan and David Milch, a Deadwood movie is on the way, with the original cast and Olyphant couldn’t be more pleased.
During a recent interview with TVLine, the Olyphant opened up about the upcoming Deadwood movie and how surprised he was that it was actually being made.
My mindset was, “S–t. I guess I’m going to have to make some kind of decision here.” It was a very curious process. I did not expect to be in the position to actually have to make a decision; I just assumed it would go away. It’s a curious [thing] deciding on whether to do a job when all of your old friends have already committed to it and you kind of think, “Well, I’ve never been in a position to be such an a–hole.” But it was [ultimately] a really wonderful process with [series creator/writer] David Milch and [director] Dan Minahan and [HBO]’s Carolyn Strauss. I had a lot of conversations with them. The whole process was quite rewarding.
The Santa Clarita Diet actor then went on to explain that rather than continuing the series’ narrative, the film will focus heavily on the evolution of Bullock’s character, which means fans will get to see how the hot-headed lawman has changed and matured since the series went off the air.
He was a character that was so defined by his rage. But now he’s got three children and he’s been married [to Anna Gunn’s Martha] for 10 years. And one of the central questions on the show is, “Has he gained any wisdom? Has that rage within him subsided? What will happen when he’s tested? Will he regress to the man he was, or will he be able to take a new path?” It allowed me to really enjoy returning to the character because I could try to answer some of those questions with the performance. It was almost like asking the same questions of myself.
It’s been almost 13 years since the Deadwood ended, but with David Milch writing the script and Daniel Minahan inked to direct, the upcoming film is in good hands. Not only that, series regulars Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant, Molly Parker, and John Hawkes have signed on to reprise their roles.
Here’s the synopsis of the Minahan’s Deadwood movie:
In 1889, the residents of Deadwood are reunited to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood. According to the film’s producer Carolyn Strauss, “It’s about the passage of time. The toll of time on people. It’s mellowed some people and hardened others. And it’s about the town’s maturing and becoming part of the Union and what that event sets in motion, in a very personal way for the people that it brings in town and what ensues. The time has taken its greatest toll on [Al] Swearengen. He’s the person who really drove so much of the life of the town and there’s a sense of that power waning somewhat, and what ensues of that is a big part of the story.
To watch the official Deadwood trailer, click here.
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