Considering he’s essentially the main star, it comes as little surprise that Ian McShane is one of the fortunate few who has seen an early rough cut of the upcoming “Deadwood” telemovie.
Thirteen years after the show ended, series creator David Milch has penned and filmed a two-hour film which sees almost all the major cast reunited for the tale set a decade later as characters return to the city to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood and former rivalries are reignited, alliances are tested, and old wounds are reopened.
McShane, currently out promoting “Hellboy,” was asked about “Deadwood” by Collider and offered his usual brutally honest take on it:
“Deadwood we just finished. I saw it the other day. Tim and I had a few comments. I think it’s – yeah, it’s OK. Yeah, it’s good. Again it’s, you know, don’t expect an episodic piece. It’s difficult when you’ve gotta make a two hour movie of an episodic TV.
But I think they got the setting right, they got the links right, and they got everybody back which is really great, ’cause they could have made you know, ‘Seth and Al ride the high country together!’ That wouldn’t have been Deadwood. That would just be me and Tim sort of catching it… this is (David) Milch Deadwood circa 10 years later. Statehood difficulty, characters have moved on; they’re a little changed which is great.”
McShane joins Timothy Olyphant, Molly Parker, Paula Malcomson, John Hawkes, Anna Gunn, Dayton Callie, Brad Dourif, Robin Weigert and more in the project which is set to premiere on May 31st, exclusively on HBO.