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No matter how much hype and anticipation that preceded it, True Detective season 2 seemed to succumb to the ol’ second album syndrome. Though it may have expanded the scope and character roster from the maiden outing, swapping a swampy, rural setting for the neon signs and dark underbelly of Los Angeles, its story simply didn’t emulate that of Rust Cohle and Marty Hart.
Questions arose thick and fast, with many fans – us included – wondering how one of television’s finest dramas had transformed into a mediocre procedural within the space of one season. And while it doesn’t necessarily answer all of those questions, Variety has posted a fascinating interview with series director Cary Fukunaga, who admitted that he “really wasn’t involved” in the sophomore season True Detective.
Listed as an executive producer on HBO’s drama, here’s what Fukunaga had to say about his involvement – or »
- Michael Briers
Idris Elba nearly plunged to his death filming Cary Fukunaga’s “Beasts of No Nation.” The indie drama, about an African tyrant known as “the commandant” who recruits an innocent boy into his army of youth soldiers, took Elba into the depths of Ghana’s jungles for a guerrilla-like shoot. One afternoon, as the actor waited for the next scene, he leaned against a tree overlooking a waterfall, lost his footing and fell over the ledge. Luckily, there was a narrow ridge that saved him from a 90-foot drop.
“I remember slipping and catching onto this big branch that was sticking up, and I literally was like, ‘Whoa!’ ” recalls Elba. “It was a moment where I was like, ‘This is the real deal.’ ”
- Ramin Setoodeh
Exclusive: UK sales outfit boards international rights to directorial debut of Zack Whedon.
Goldcrest Films has boarded international sales rights to the feature debut of writer-director Zack Whedon (Deadwood), Come And Find Me, starring Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) and Annabelle Wallis (Annabelle).
Currently shooting in Vancouver, Come and Find Me, which appeared on the 2012 Black List, follows the character of David (Paul) who must track down his missing girlfriend after he realizes she is not who she claimed to be.
Goldcrest Films MD Pascal Degove will launch sales at Toronto. Wme will handle domestic sales.
Degove said: “Come and Find Me is a truly compelling script – a real edge-of-your-seat thriller, which, in the hands of such established and emerging talent, both in front of and behind the camera »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Cary Fukunaga opened up about his lack of creative input on the second season of HBO’s “True Detective” while speaking to Variety about this week’s cover story about Netflix’s “Beasts of No Nation,” which hits stands on Tuesday.
The director said it always part of the plan for him to leave after his episodes starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson wrapped in 2014. “The whole pitch was that in a true anthology, we want to sit it on a shelf, and every season we have a new feature director and make this wonderful miniseries,” Fukunaga said, explaining that they shopped the conceit to Showtime and Netflix along with HBO. “I was going to be the first one. And I’d be there to shepherd as much as I could the following seasons. My departure was always planned.”
The series’ second season, which was widely panned by critics, used »
- Ramin Setoodeh
"Often-times, when you make things, you get paid in applause - and even that's very rare. So to do a show where there's a yearning to see it is a great honour."
SundanceTV's Rectify is one of Us television's great unsung gems - despite winning much critical acclaim, particularly for the performance of its leading man Aden Young, the show had not secured a broadcaster in the United Kingdom - until now.
AMC UK will air the series from the start, as part of a prestigious line-up that also includes the red-hot Fear the Walking Dead and underground hit Manhattan.
"I'm glad to see it's finally going to hit the shores of the UK," says Young. "Because I think that it's something that a lot of people will be able to recognise in themselves - the journey of this family trying to find their way forward by feeling."
Rectify tells »
Warning: major spoilers for all shows listed below.
Closure. It’s an important psychological concept. Without closure, it’s difficult to grieve, move on, make peace and nurture your inner Ewok or whatever it is the self-help books tell us. When a TV show is cancelled before its story has been fully told, the result is an unscratchable itch.
That itch can have positive side effects. The creativity for instance, of fanfic and fan art, and the tenacity and camaraderie of doggedly pursued fan campaigns. The less positive side though is, well, not so pretty. Sleepless nights, anxiety at work, a tendency to grasp total strangers by the shoulders with both hands, hot stress-tears streaming down your cheeks, and cry “So did Lois and Clark raise that baby or what? »
We’ve seen very little from AMC’s upcoming Preacher adaptation so far, but a few set photos have landed online via Facebook, which give us a look at Joe Gilgun’s Cassidy, as well as Ian Colletti as a somewhat toned-down Arseface…
The Preacher pilot is being directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (The Interview), while the cast includes Dominic Cooper (Agent Carter) as Rev. Jesse Custer alongside Ian Colletti (Rake) as Arseface, Ruth Negga (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Tulip, Joseph Gilgun (This Is England) as Cassidy, Elizabeth Perkins (Big, Weeds) as Vyla Quinncannon, W. Earl Brown (Deadwood) as Sheriff Hugo Root, Tom Brooke (Sherlock) as Fiore and Lucy Griffiths (True Blood) as the original character Emily Woodrow.
- Gary Collinson
Over the past decade Kim Dickens has amassed one of the most enviable television resumes imaginable, with stints on landmark series such as "Lost," "Friday Light Nights," "Sons of Anarchy" and "House of Cards," as well as her acclaimed series regular roles on HBO's "Deadwood" and "Treme."
As if the Old West or hurricane-torn New Orleans hadn't already provided stark, challenging enough backdrops for Dickens' performances, her next gig ups the ante: as a member of the cast of 'Fear the Walking Dead," the hotly anticipated spinoff/prequel to AMC's "The Walking Dead," the actress plays high school guidance counselor Madison Clark, who must navigate the onslaught of the zombie apocalypse with her fiancé and respective, splintered families. And although she had to wrap her head around the genre, she admits that now taking out walkers is both exhilarating and exhausting.
Moviefone: You've done some exceptional television over the years. »
- Scott Huver
As chaos spreads across Los Angeles in "Fear the Walking Dead," a high school guidance counselor invites one of her students to stay with her family until this all blows over. The kid, though, knows an apocalypse when he sees one. "This doesn't end," he tells her. As a spin-off of TV's highest-rated drama, "Fear the Walking Dead" (it debuts Sunday at 9 p.m. on AMC) isn't about to bring an end to the lucrative zombie nightmare. Instead, it's designed to go back to the beginning of it, both to cover some material that the parent show skipped over and to try to correct some mistakes that the original is still trying to work around after five hugely successful seasons. "The Walking Dead" was designed as Rick Grimes' story, and because Rick was in a coma at the time the zombies began to rise, that show (and the Robert Kirkman »
- Alan Sepinwall
Darren Lynn Bousman certainly knows how to make a wide variety of films. Having directed three Saw films (II, III and IV), the Jersey Devil shocker The Barrens and the brutal loose remake of Mother’S Day, the prolific director has done a lot for the genre…and we haven’t even gotten to his musicals yet. Teaming up with actor/songwriter Terrance Zdunich, Bousman helmed the fan-favorite Repo! The Genetic Opera, a film that has already achieved a large cult following in the seven years since it was made. Repo! was just the beginning for the Bousman/Zdunich duo, with 2012 seeing the debut of a new musical, The Devil’S Carnival, a circus extravaganza filled to the brim with many genre and musical names in one tale of a few people dealing with the sins they committed in life. Like Repo!, The Devil’S Carnival instantly attained a large fan base, »
- Jerry Smith
The network made a catastrophic error in cancelling the profane period drama, but can finally correct it by greenlighting a rumoured follow-up film
One can’t think of too many TV series that were made into successful films – and no, Sex and the City most assuredly does not count – so the omens for a particular saga that was cancelled the best part of a decade ago, after just three seasons, are not encouraging.
Related: Ten years on, Sons of Anarchy is getting the closure (and ratings) that eluded Deadwood
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- Pete Cashmore
Don’t get too excited just yet, folks, but it’s being reported that HBO is in very early talks to potentially put together a Deadwood movie, which, of course, would be based on David Milch’s critically acclaimed show that was brought to an end in 2006.
The commotion all began when actor Garret Dillahunt Tweeted the following earlier this week:
“So uh…I’m hearing credible rumors about a #Deadwood movie.”
While unconfirmed at first, HBO has now gone on the record to state that yes, they are in very early talks with Milch but right now, it’s nothing more than a “preliminary conversation.” What this means isn’t exactly certain, but it’s nice to hear that the wheels are beginning to turn and that the idea is being floated around.
It makes sense that this would pop up now, too, given that the show’s star, »
- James Garcia
Nine years and two weeks ago to this date fans of Deadwood saw the final episode of season 3 with the knowledge that HBO had dropped the popular historical drama. The assumption was that the show was left for dead, with so many discussions around a fourth season failing before they were ever seriously considered. However, it now seems it may be set for a return on the big screen.
Back in 2007, there was talk of a two movie instalment from creator David Milch, although after the dust had settled it seemed for a second time fans were left wondering whether these discussions would ever manifest themselves as a realitiy. During promotion of his latest HBO show Lucky in 2012, Milch was quoted in an interview with Vulture on the possibility of the Deadwood films, stating that: “No, I don’t think so. We got really close about a year ago. Never say never, »
- Joshua Gill
Too many shows get cut down in their prime. For every long-running Law And Order, there.s a Firefly and a Dollhouse that only has a season or two to its name. Deadwood got lucky and logged three blood-soaked, profanity-laden years on HBO, treating its fans to a mix of Shakespeare and the Old West on a weekly basis. While there were talks of a movie after the show ended, much like Rome before it, nothing ever happened. At least, until today. The news started with a tweet from Garrett Dillahunt, famed character actor and cast member of the dearly departed Deadwood. That tweet read as follows: So uh....I'm hearing credible rumors about a #Deadwood movie. #Everybodypray. Garret Dillahunt (@garretdillahunt) August 13, 2015 Keep in mind, tweets like these happen all the time. Cast members of film and television franchises love to speculate the futures of said properties, both active and »
Although HBO’s Entourage movie wasn’t nearly as successful as the Sex and the City movies, it hasn’t stopped the pay TV giant from considering more feature films based on their original TV properties. We’ve been hearing rumours for years about a possible Deadwood movie after David Milch’s gritty western drama was cut short following its […] »
Deadwood, the acclaimed HBO western series that was cancelled in 2006, may be returning — as a movie.
Actor Garret Dillahunt, who played two characters on the show, including geologist Francis Wolcott, during its run from 2004 to 2006, posted two tweets Wednesday hinting at the prospect. In response, a spokesman for HBO confirmed to Variety that "very preliminary discussions" have been made to resurrect the series with a movie.
Dillahunt's initial tweet read:
So uh....I'm hearing credible rumors about a #Deadwood movie. #Everybodypray
— Garret Dillahunt (@garretdillahunt) August 13, 2015
He followed with a second one:
Come on @HBO. »
David Milch's extraordinarily sweary HBO Western series Deadwood was abruptly cancelled after three seasons in 2006, meaning it never got to conclude its story. In the aftermath, there was some talk of a couple of TV-movies to wrap up the threads of the tale left to tell. They never materialised, but now, suddenly, there's word of more Deadwood once again. HBO have confirmed that "very preliminary discussions" are taking place.Milch’s superb show took the real history and many genuine characters from the South Dakota territories of the 1870s, and crafted a narrative that was riveting, brutal, often hilarious and always astonishingly written. In a nutshell, it revolved around new arrival to the town Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant), who started out a hardware store owner and ended up the sheriff; Al Swearingen (Ian McShane), the shifty bar owner who unofficially ran the town; and Alma Garrett (Molly Parker), a »
HBO may be ready to put back on its cowboy hat and return to the whiskey-drinking, gun-slinging, no-law land of Deadwood. The much teased follow-up film to the incredibly beloved Western series seems to be a greater possibility than ever before after a tweet last night from Deadwood alum Garret Dillahunt. As Deadwood fans sadly know, the HBO drama was abruptly cancelled after three seasons back in 2006. At that time, after receiving much outrage from fans over the cancellation, HBO promised to produce not just one but two follow-up films to wrap up Deadwood‘s open storylines and give longtime viewers of the series some closure. However, the project never actually came to fruition, and even though there’s been talk and hope for years regarding the making of a Deadwood movie, Dillahunt is now telling people that there are “credible rumors” that the project is actually underway at HBO. »
- Chris King
I've got some good news for all of you Deadwood fans out there. Sources tell TV Line that there have been new talks between HBO and creator David Milch about possibly doing a movie, and last night star Garret Dillahunt ("Jack McCall" and "Francis Wolcott") tweeted that he's also heard rumblings of a Deadwood flick. When asked to comment, an HBO spokesperson... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
Last year, we ran the feature 6 TV Shows We'd Like To See Get The Big-Screen Treatment and "Deadwood" cracked the list. Little did we know that HBO would break our hearts and go forward with an "Entourage" movie instead, but it seems the network hasn't forgotten about the beloved, short-lived show. Following a couple of too-good-to-be-true tweets from Garrett Dillahunt aka Francis Wolcott, EW reports that "preliminary talks" are happening about turning the David Milch show into a full blown movie. Damn. Peppered with salty language, delivered by an excellent cast including Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker, John Hawkes, and more, the show won Emmys and earned a lot of love, but perhaps not quite the ratings to sustain it. Watch: 26-Minute 'Deadwood' Visual Essay We'd wager there are a lot of moving parts to get into place for this to happen, but it looks like "Deadwood »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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