“Deadwood” Revival Scores A Tax Credit

While Timothy Olyphant threw a bucket of cold water on the anticipation of “Deadwood” fans the other week, saying he doesn’t think the proposed telemovie revival of the HBO series will come together due to scheduling issues, however the network itself has now re-ignited the flame.

Deadline reports that the long-in-the-works telemovie has just received a $4.2 million California tax incentive. While HBO hasn’t greenlit the telemovie, a tax benefit application requires both a finished script and financing to be in place.

Additionally earlier this year, HBO president Casey Bloys confirmed that the network was eying a Fall production start, and California Film Commission regulations require a film or a TV series to start principal photography within six months of being approved for a tax credit in order to receive it (exceptions are being made in special circumstances).

That would mean that “Deadwood” should start filming by the beginning of October. Talks with the cast continue at present due to availability and the work schedules of the sprawling ensemble.