After years of online pleads and media inquiries, HBO has finally announced plans to reboot one of its most beloved shows.
Deadwood, the western drama that the network scrapped after just three seasons, might have a revival set for production as soon as next year.
The words come from Casey Bloys, HBO’s top programming exec, who confirmed to TV Line that creator David Milch has delivered a “terrific script” which they’re “inclined to do”.
“The one thing that I was concerned about was I wanted a script that would stand on its own, for Deadwood fans and non-fans,” he told TV Line at the TV Critics Association press tour.
“David totally delivered on that. I think it’s a terrific script. If we can do it on a budget that makes sense for us, and if we can get the cast together, we’re inclined to do it.”
Fans have been waiting for this news since the series terminated in an unsatisfying note in 2006.
Back then, HBO was convinced the ratings weren’t enough to keep the show alive but, three years later, it announced two movies would follow after much hassle from both fans and the media.
Since then, Deadwood became the martyr of the so-called golden age of television, and an example of how niche shows shouldn’t be scrapped for the sake of ratings.
It also became known for the show with the highest number of f-words and derivatives ever to air on television.
Starring Ian McShane as saloon owner Al Swearengen and Timothy Olyphant as former Sheriff Seth Bullock, the show followed the lives of the residents of an outlaw settlement during the South Dakota gold strike of 1876.
Swearengen, the main character, was famous for the constant use of the word “f******” in the middle of a sentence.
According to an independent study from a fanbase at the West Virginia Surf Report, the show used the word 2,980 times in 36 episodes, making for more than one and a half “f****” per minute.
Whether or not this number is accurate proves the harrowing challenge of counting the profanity in the show.
While details of the revival are still to be disclosed and HBO has yet to formally green-lit the project, production is being planned to begin in the autumn of 2018.
Deadwood will be a two-hour special featuring most of the cast of the original show, including Molly Parker’s widow Garret, John Hawkes Sol Star and Paula Malcomson’s Trixie the prostitute.
In an interview to TV Line, Malcomson confirmed she had read the script which she believed was finally moving forward.
“It’s a big Valentine to Trixie and Al,” she said, of her character’s love affair with Swearengen.
“I really think it will happen,” she added.
“And I would never say that. I’m usually the most cynical about these things.”
Through the grapevine, the rumours are that the film revival could focus on the burning of Deadwood, a historical happening in 1879 which burned 300 buildings to the ground.