The first official images from HBO’s long-awaited Deadwood movie have finally arrived.
The images give us a peek at how the two gentlemen above, Al Swearengen (Ian McShane) and Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant), are looking these days, 12 years after the original series came to an end.
Additionally, executive producer Carolyn Strauss also shared some info on the movie, which was written by series creator David Milch. You can find the images and see what she had to say below.
Strauss talked to Entertainment Weekly about the Deadwood movie and a little about the upcoming final season of Game of Thrones.
She was first asked how the movie finally became a reality:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What tipped the movie into becoming a reality, because this has discussed for years, off and on, and for so long went nowhere…
CAROLYN STRAUSS: The stars aligned. David had an idea for the script and the will to write it and we managed to get all the actors. I wish I could say it was one thing but there had certainly been an appetite for it at [HBO] for a few years. Me being a glass-half-empty person, I thought, “How is it ever going to work?” And it worked!
Strauss was also asked what the movie will be about:
EW: The movie is set in 1889 as the town prepares to celebrate South Dakota joining the Union as the 40th state. What’s the film about, basically?
CS: If you ask David, it’s about the passage of time. The toll of time on people. It’s mellowed some people and hardened others. And it’s about the town’s maturing and becoming part of the Union and what that event sets in motion, in a very personal way for the people that it brings in town and what ensues. The toll of time has not just struck Deadwood and the characters but all the people making it as well, you get to see the faces of people 12 years later. And it was really profound. Actors were crying at the table read — not necessarily from the script but the emotion of being back and doing something we all loved doing so much. You normally have a great experience and then it’s over. You don’t normally get the chance to do this in life. It was kind of a gift.
If you’re new to Deadwood and were curious if you’ll be able to watch the movie without having actually seen the original series, Strauss had an answer for that as well:
EW: Can the movie be watched on its own? Or is knowledge of the series pretty essential to keeping up with the story?
CS: I suppose you could [watch the movie without seeing the series] but it would be a much-enhanced experience if you brought your knowledge of the series to it. There are old scores, old relationships — lots of things in the film that really pick up where we left off.
As to whether or not the movie is the final chapter, or if it could lead to more:
EW: What if the Deadwood movie is a huge hit from HBO? Is this really the end of the show this time?
CS: Well, I guess, it ain’t over ‘till it’s over. Who knows? We assumed it was over before.
Not only would I love to see the Deadwood story continue if the movie does well, but I’d also love to see this lead to more movies like this. More specifically, I wish more than anything to see a Rome movie continue the incredible story that was cut off far too soon.
Strauss had much more to say, and you can head on over to Entertainment Weekly for the rest of the chat if interested.
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