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HBO could start production as early as Fall 2018.

Last July, while addressing journalists in Pasadena, California, at the summer press tour for the Television Critics Association, HBO Original Programming chief Casey Bloys announced he had received — and was greatly impressed by — a script for a Deadwood movie by David Milch, creator of the down-and-dirty western series that ran for three seasons, 2004 – 2006, on the pay-cable network.

And now it looks like that movie may start production as early as Fall 2018.

The showbiz website reports: “Sources confirm to TVLine exclusively that HBO is eyeing a Fall 2018 production start for the expletive-drenched drama’s long-in-the-works revival movie ... Paula Malcomson, who played ‘Trixie the Whore’ opposite Ian McShane’s F-bomb-spewing Al Swearengen on the beloved series, recently told TVLine that the two-hour continuation is ‘a big Valentine’ to the pair. She also expressed confidence that despite a long and rocky development period, ‘I really think it will happen [this time]. And I would never say that. I’m usually the most cynical about these things.’”

What would the movie be about? According to “From non-HBO sources, we also heard that some of the former cast members have read a draft of Milch’s script. It was long rumored that Milch’s next iteration of Deadwood would focus on the town burning (which actually happened on September 26, 1879 taking out 300 buildings) and saloon impresario Al Swearengen fleeing by barge.”

Watch this space for further developments.