It sure isn’t easy to keep secrets with the Twitterverse around.
— Garret Dillahunt (@garretdillahunt) August 13, 2015
On Wednesday, actor Garret Dillahunt, who played Jack McCall in the cancelled-too-soon HBO series Deadwood, added fuel to the long-gestating rumors of a planned movie for the defunct series. Dillahunt tweeted, “So uh…I’m hearing credible rumors about a #Deadwood movie.” Of course, this prompted many hardcore Deadwood fans to collectively lose their minds. Deadwood was abruptly cancelled in 2006 after three seasons and did not conclude with a satisfying ending. Showrunner David Milch had tossed around the idea of filming a Deadwood movie in order to close out the series properly, but nothing ever came of it. Until now…
In response to Dillahunt’s tweet, HBO went on record with an official response that has given fans renewed hope for the long-awaited Deadwood film:
“In reference to Garret Dillahunt’s tweet regarding the rumored Deadwood movie, there have only been very preliminary conversations.”
To be fair, this is in no way confirmation that a Deadwood movie will be made at all, but it at least gives fans something to mull over. It may even be possible to round up the show’s lead actors, Timothy Olyphant and Ian McShane. Olyphant, who has been busy with Justified for six seasons, just wrapped up his work on that show this year and McShane notably has a smaller role in season six of Game of Thrones, another HBO show. Clearly Dillahunt is on board, so hopefully more serious conversations can begin sooner rather than later.