No less an authority than HBO programming president Michael Lombardo has confirmed Deadwood fans are finally getting the movie they've been promised for almost a decade. TVLine is reporting that Lombardo has given creator David Milch the go-ahead on a film-length revival of the profane, venerated Western once he finishes another project. Milch doesn't have much more than a story right now, but Lombardo is confident that the narrative Milch has "left unsaid" is worthy for TV.
"David has our commitment that we're going to do it," said Lombardo to TVLine. "He pitched what he thought generally the storyline would be — and knowing David, that could change. But it's going to happen." HBO and Milch have been dancing around some sort of final limited Deadwood release for much longer than the series' original run at this point. The two parties agreed to make two TV films after Deadwood's third season ended in 2006, but that agreement slowly deteriorated, and both Milch and star Ian McShane acknowledged the series was as good as dead in the years to come. It's understandable if you don't want to get your hopes up after a decade of false starts and whispers, but it sounds like both sides have made a real commitment. Keep your [swear word of choice] fingers crossed.