'Deadwood' Is Well and Truly Dead
That was the word this afternoon from Richard Plepler, co-president of HBO, and Michael Lombardo, president of the cable channel's programming group. "I think it's safe to report that the likelihood of a 'Deadwood' movie happening is slim to none," is how Plepler put it.
To refresh: When "Deadwood" ended in August 2006 with more than a couple stories unresolved, and creator David Milch moved on to working on "John From Cincinnati," HBO (under a previous management team, it should be noted) said it would film a pair of two-hour movies that would bring the tale of the lawless Dakota Territory town to a close.
Since then, status updates on the show have been a regular part of the HBO press tour sessions. Milch himself said in early 2007 that he was optimistic that the movies would get made and that he was working with "Generation Kill" author Evan Wright on the first of two scripts.
Milch is still working with HBO -- just not on "Deadwood." He's collaborating with former
Lombardo says talk of the "Deadwood" movies never got much past a "discussion stage," Milch's 2007 statements notwithstanding. "Some of it was a function of time, some of it was a function of intervening events," Lombardo says. "... It just did not ever really come together."