Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: About Deadwood

From: Jim Beaver (
Date: 09 Jun 2005

Jim Stephenson wrote:

> Andr頡sked:
>> Just read somewhere that Deadwood the marvellous,
>> wonderful, fantastic (I could go on forever) serie has
>> been conceived from the Pete dexter's book. Is that
>> right ?
> I am just finishing Dexter's *Deadwood* now, and while many of the same
> characters are common to the novel and the TV series (they're historical
> figures), there is only a superficial resemblance between the two.
> That said, however, I have seen things in the series that seem to have
> been inspired by incidents in the novel, so *somebody* has read it.

I think it more likely that Dexter selected from the same pool of historical events and anecdotes as the series producer did. My boss on the show, David Milch, has been pretty clear that he did not use Dexter's novel as source material. Interestingly, though, Walter Hill, who directed our pilot episode (but has had no further connection to the show) also directed "Wild Bill," a feature film with the same setting. That film WAS based on the Pete Dexter novel. Not only that, it was filmed on the same set we use for
"Deadwood." All coincidence, though.

Jim Beaver

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