Rumors of a Deadwood reunion had the internet in a frenzy on Wednesday (September 30) as reports claimed that HBO confirmed a revival of the popular sitcom for 2021.
UPDATE 01/10/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Can you believe it's been 16 years since Deadwood first aired?! (16 years, 6 months, 10 days to be exact.)
Why in the world did Deadwood end?
When Deadwood came to an end after 3 years in August 2006, million viewers tuned in to say goodbye to Al Swearengen (Ian McShane), Alma Garret (Molly Parker) and Sheriff Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant). And since then, they have been itching for a reunion.
Would a Deadwood reunion disappoint people?
Deadwood aired from 2004-2006 and is considered one of the most influential TV shows ever on pop culture. Although no original episodes have been shot since, it has remained a regular feature on many station's schedules. But McShane said he's not sure if Deadwood would work today. “I don't want to see old Al Swearengen,” he told a journalist (McShane turned 78 in September). “Everyone’s going to have different vision of what the character is like, so to have that materialize is going to disappoint most people,” he added.
Still hoping for a Deadwood movie?
In a recent interview, Brad Dourif (who played Doc Cochran between 2004 and 2006) said he can't imagine a Deadwood reunion hitting the big screen. “I'd rather people go, ‘Oh, please! Please!’ than ‘I can't believe you did that. It was horrible.’”
Co-star Ian McShane has also previously explained, “It would be terrible to do something and have it not be good,”. “It was so terrific ... If we did a Deadwood movie and it sucked, then it would, you know, blemish it.”
On the subject of whether there could be a Deadwood film, Sarah Paulson stated : “I think it's a bit of a case of ‘the book is better than the movie’.”
What about a Deadwood reboot?
Recasting Deadwood for a modern reboot. Hollywood is known for remaking remakes of films or tv series and the studios might think it would be great to bring the story back with a new set of characters.
Be it in the form of a Deadwood reunion, a Deadwood movie, or a Deadwood reboot, if you had to start filming today, who would you cast in what role?
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