Non-story of the day: Deadwood movies are dead
There's such a thing as beating a dead horse and then there's beating a dead horse, chopping it up into tiny bits, and flinging it around like a monkey flings poo. The fact that we're still reading news items about Deadwood nearly two years after it aired its final episode just goes to show you how much it's missed. Well get this - as if we didn't already know - those two final "wrap-up the series with a neat little bow" movies are as dead as Wild Bill Hickok.
According to Zap2It, HBO big-wigs Richard Plepler and Michael Lombardo got pressed at the TCA for a Deadwood update. To no surprise, they said the chance of the films getting made were "slim to none."
Gee, you think?
Not only has showrunner/creator David Milch moved on to a new project (John from Cincinnati), but he had time for it to fail and move on to another - a 1970s cop drama. Milch has even said himself the movies are a no go. Deadwood stars Timothy Olyphant and Ian McShane have both moved on to other high profile projects (Damages and Kings respectively), and HBO recently announced a complete series DVD set!
Honestly, at this point, I don't want them to get made. I'm a huge fan of Deadwood, but if filming commences on the first of the two films, it'll be forced and for the wrong reasons - to appease the fans rather than reward them. I don't want that because the end result wouldn't be what realistically would have been made had these gone into production, say, a year and a half ago. Everyone else has moved on and unfortunately, the fans need to as well. Besides, I'm honestly a little tired of reading news about Deadwood. It's depressing.
Consider the horse beaten, drawn and quartered, sliced, diced, julienned, chopped, punched, drop-kicked, and whatever the hell else you can do to a dead horse.