3 Hollywood Rumors: Will There Be A New ‘Deadwood’ Movie?
Every week we take a look at the online rumor mill to see what loaves of breaded secrets we have in store for us. Just like a bakery, we start the day early to keep our readers abreast of the rumors floating around, keying you into all the possible new projects, roles, games, and more that are floating around Hollywood and the news. Here’s what’s being served up this week around the web, with a special focus this week on sequels, returns, and superheroes.
1. Deadwood movie rumor
This is perhaps the hottest rumor floating around this week, with Deadwood fans (hopefully not prematurely) thrilled at the prospect that their much-beloved cancelled show might be making a comeback in the form of a movie. It lasted 3 seasons while it was on air, and examined the lives of a group of individuals in the old west living in the town of Deadwood. While it won a number of Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe, it was still taken off air in 2006, to the disappointment of many. Paul Katz of Entertainment Weekly wrote, “While we eagerly await a pair of two-hour movies at some point in the future … there’s just no way executive producer David Milch can shoehorn a season arc into four hours,” adding that he’d “take a truncated Deadwood over most of the drivel that’s on the air now.”
According to Hitfix, HBO has said it is in “preliminary talks” regarding a cinematic followup to the show. “In reference to Garret Dillahunt’s tweet regarding the rumored ‘Deadwood’ movie, there have only been very preliminary conversations,” said an HBO source. One of the actors in the show also tweeted “So uh….I’m hearing credible rumors about a #Deadwood movie. #Everybodypray” earlier this week. Predictably, this was met with excitement and re-tweets from fans of the show, but we won’t be certain of the potential film’s fate until HBO solidifies whatever decisions it has in the making.
2. Law & Order revival rumor
Continuing in the TV revival vein, fans of Law & Order may be pleased to hear that there has been some discussion of a return of the long running and highly popular show. Dick Wolf, writer and producer for the show, said, according to The Hollywood Reporter, “Nobody knows what the future hods, including what’s happening on Law & Order. As you’ve heard, everybody wants to do it. Most of the people involved are very successful in their careers and to try to get everything in sequence is much more difficult than it looks on the outside.”
So the main issue looks to be one of logistics, judging by his positive attitude towards the prospect. “I am always an optimist. I would love to do it. I think I speak for the network; they would love to do it. If we can make it work,” said Wolf. Law & Order is so long running, has so many split offs, and such a loyal fan base, that it seems very believable that with enough time and effort there would be a good payoff.
3. No Fantastic Four sequel but maybe Deadpool 2
Given the buzz about both films, many will undoubtedly welcome the rumor that the less-than-well-reviewed Fantastic Four remake — it got an 8% on Rotten Tomatoes — will not be seeing a sequel. And given the almost non-stop excitement surrounding the upcoming Deadpool movie, which recently released a trailer. The Daily Superhero reports that Fox may already be planning on switching out the low-grossing Fantastic Four’s sequel for a second Deadpool in 2017.
A comment from Fox could be taken to the contrary, if you look at a statement made about the Fantastic Four franchise’s recent failure. “While we’re disappointed, we remain committed to these characters and we have a lot to look forward to in our Marvel universe,” said Chris Aronson, the domestic distribution chief for Fox, according to The Hollywood Reporter. But before we jump to any conclusions, this is a pretty general statement. It merely means the franchise isn’t over, not that this same set of actors or this same director will be entrusted with a sequel.
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