Talking up the second season of Starz’s “American Gods” at the TCA winter press tour yesterday, actor Ian McShane was asked about the upcoming “Deadwood” film and offered some details about how the story picks up ten years later following the show’s third (and final) season finale.
Back when the show was being made, one suggestion for the season was to follow McShane’s Al Swearengen hop on a river barge and sailing off following a great fire. That’s not what’s happening in the film though and he tells Deadline:
“Deadwood is celebrating South Dakota as a state, and Hearst has come back and Alma has come back in town, so you have all the main characters converging and how they changed in ten years. Now, Hearst wants to put telegraphs in town, which isn’t going too well. Al has had a little bit too much of that over the years. There’s a surprise for Trixie and Star.”
McShane says the process of shooting this was different to the series: “This script was done, but nothing like we did before because it’s a two-hour movie, it’s a whole different thing (next) to doing an episodic.” He also says the film “ends leaving you wondering” and adds that: “if it makes $115 million, HBO will somehow find a way to do another one.” An air date for the project has not yet been set.
Timothy Olyphant (Bullock), Molly Parker (Alma Ellsworth), Paula Malcomson (Trixie), John Hawkes (Sol Star), Anna Gunn (Martha Bullock), Dayton Callie (Charlie Utter), Brad Dourif (Doc Cochran), Robin Weigert (“Calamity” Jane Canary), William Sanderson (E.B. Farnum), Kim Dickens (Joanie Stubbs) and Gerald McRaney (George Hearst) all return for the new film which was written by David Milch.