McShane Keen For “Deadwood” Return

HBO’s western drama was filled with dozens of colorful characters supported by superb performances, but no single one was more beloved than Ian McShane’s saloon owner Al Swearengen.

With that show having wrapped a decade ago now, there’s been talk of a revival ever since but none of it had much weight until recently when a few months ago the network confirmed that a film wrap-up of the series is “going to happen” and they’re ready to proceed when creator David Milch is.

In a new interview with EW this week, McShane says he’s very enthusiastic about potentially returning to the role and that Milch is currently in the midst of writing the script:

“Of course I’d love to reprise that. 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. It’s been announced by HBO so it’s not like I’m saying it. I know for a fact David is working on the script. It’s been ten years since it finished. [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 ten 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.”

By the last sentence he’s likely referring to when production would take place. McShane will be seen in an upcoming episode of “Game of Thrones,” has a key supporting role in the “John Wick” sequel, and will serve in the lead role in Starz’s “American Gods” series.