I realize Game of Thrones is sucking the oxygen out of the tent these days (unrelated Pro Tip: watch “The Long Night” episode on a LG OLED TV in a dark room and you won’t have a problem with the way it was shot with a lack of lighting), but I’ve been way more excited about this upcoming HBO product:
Bullets are about to fly across Deadwood’s muddy thoroughfare. But first, poetry.
It’s a crisp November morning at Melody Ranch, the venerable Santa Clarita studio that’s been home to everything from squeaky-clean Gene Autry Westerns to Django Unchained and Westworld. The picaresque main street has been dressed to recapture the look it had for three years in the mid-2000s, when it was home to one of the greatest TV dramas ever made: HBO’s Deadwood, a gorgeously profane meditation on the American experiment and the painful business of bringing law to a lawless place — the Western frontier of the 1870s. The series was canceled under jarring circumstances that even the principals can’t agree upon a dozen years later, and talk of a sequel movie (two movies, initially) lingered for so long without amounting to anything that Deadwood seemed destined to be remembered as television’s great unfinished masterpiece. Instead, the network has reconstituted the Deadwood community for a surprise coda: a movie set a decade after the events of the series, which will debut on May 31st.
I can’t wait.
By the way, read the entire piece if you’re a Deadwood fan, or even if you’re not. There’s even a Jason Isbell bonus.
Speaking of Isbell, this is pretty cool. (Make sure to read the entire chain of Brown’s tweets.)
And this is freakin’ awesome.
In case you can’t tell, I’m pretty pumped. And you?