“Over the years I’ve read a number of different versions of this script,” reveals “Deadwood: The Movie” director Daniel Minahan, “and every year, it never really came to fruition.” But perhaps this was precisely the right time for the long-awaited film that wraps up David Milch‘s celebrated western series, which ended its original three-season run on HBO back in 2006. “David managed to tap into what I feel is an emotional zeitgeist,” he believes. Watch our exclusive video interview with Minahan above.
“Deadwood: The Movie” takes place 10 years after the events of the show’s third season. The large ensemble cast is headlined by Timothy Olyphant as Seth Bullock, a hardware store owner and sheriff, and Ian McShane as Al Swearengen, a sadistically violent pimp and saloon owner. Other series regulars who returned for the film include Molly Parker, Paula Malcomson, John Hawkes, Kim Dickens, Robin Weigert, Anna Gunn, Dayton Callie, Brad Dourif, William Sanderson and Gerald McRaney.
Having directed several episodes from the original series, Minahan was a natural choice to mount this followup. And from the beginning he “wanted it to be accessible to people who had obviously seen the series, but also be accessible to people who had never seen the series. I wanted it to stand alone without being overly explained or pedantic.”
Minahan won a Best Limited Series Emmy in 2018 as a producer of “The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” for which he also helmed three episodes. Before that he competed for Best Drama Series for “House of Cards” in 2017. And he has worked as a director on a number of other shows including “Six Feet Under,” “John from Cincinnati,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “True Blood,” “Ray Donovan,” “Homeland” and “Game of Thrones.”
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