Ask Ian McShane if he would want to be a part of a “Deadwood” movie and his answer will be 100% yes. The actor recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly about jumping on board to be part of the planned HBO movie, one that has been in the works for quite some time.
“Of course I’d love to reprise that,” McShane said about reprising his role as Al Swearengen. “How could one not, when it was snatched away rather unjustly by a combination of forces we’ll never know about – hubris or money or whatever. But [‘Deadwood’] certainly finished too early. At the time, most of us working on the show were incredulous.”
HBO confirmed that creator David Milch had been working on the script for a while, though nothings has been greenlit. The series debuted in 2004 and was cancelled after three seasons. Fans, as well as the actors, were surprised by its swift conclusion. Talks of a “Deadwood” movie soon emerged, but it’s been 10 years since its cancellation.
“It’s been announced by HBO so its not like I’m saying it. I know for a fact David is working on the script. It’s been 10 years since it finished,” the actor explained. “[Star Timothy Olyphant’s] free from ‘Justified.’ I’m hoping they’ll make the deal soon, for two or four hours, whatever they decide on. It was a very close knit group of actors on it. We got along very well. I’m sure David will decide to set it 10 years later, after the great fire or whatever happened in Deadwood. They haven’t done the deal yet. They [were planning] to do it late this year or early next year.”