Two days after Cinematical broke the news of HBO discarding plans for a pair of TV movies to send the popular Deadwood series off in style, the series regulars have started to get wind of the move, and no surprise, they aren't happy about it. Jim Beaver, who played the luckless prospector Ellsworth on the show, spoke with Remote Access and had this to say: "I saw the McShane quote. I don't doubt it. I have no insight or special knowledge, but my sense of things is that it's over ... My gut tells me that if the movies or a fourth season were going to be made, the announcement would have already been made. That's just my gut. But Ian's remarks don't surprise me in the least."
Remote Access also got in touch with W. Earl Brown, who played Dan Dority, Al Swearengen's sidekick for three seasons, and he had this to say: "I called Ian, it seems that it's true -- the sets are being dismantled ... I guess the horse is dead." He went on to say that the timing makes sense, because HBO's lease for the sets is about to expire anyway, but nevertheless, he wants his props back. "I called both producers this morning about getting the Dority hat, knife and gun belt," Brown said. "I haven't heard back from either. Once I talk to either of them, I'll know where things stand. But I'm figuring that it's over." He also compared the Deadwood ending to the way The Sopranos went out, saying that the latter was "either great or awful (depending on one's interpretation of it) but at least it got people talking. Deadwood -- it just stopped. Just stopped. It's like never finding out that 'Rosebud' was his sled or that Darth was Luke's father. F*ck."
Oh, well -- as McShane said, that ship is sailing, and nothing can be done about it. However, given the way 3:10 to Yuma and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford have been positively received by critics and the public, is a theatrical film out of the question? I can't imagine why it would be.