Recent talks say that Yellowstone lead, Kevin Costner is refusing to film the final scenes in the latest season. Fox News clarifies what people are saying with a statement from Paramount Network. Meanwhile, Deadline reports of future developments.
Oscar-winner Kevin Costner is John Dutton III in the western drama covering 5 seasons and possibly still counting.
The Dutton family of the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch in Montana serves up enough drama and even more intrigue that branches to different families and, recently, even timelines.
With the growing number of viewers and an improving critical response of the series as the seasons progress, Paramount is unlikely to end the Dutton family story anytime soon.
Thus, Costner’s rumoured conflicts in ending the show would not likely be because he is ending his stint as the Dutton patriarch. What is more evident is that the actor has a schedule that is becoming a bit tighter.
Paramount Expects Kevin Costner In Yellowstone For A Long Time
The fact of the matter is that Costner is just having a saddle full of responsibilities. The actor is also deep in production for another western project, this time a movie under New Line Cinema and Warner Bros Discovery, entitled Horizon.
Not only is he leading the cast, but he is also leading the crew behind the camera as the director, producer and co-writer with Jon Baird.
The movie Horizon spans 15 years of pre-and post-Civil War expansion and settlement of the American west. Together with Costner as stars are Sam Worthington and Isabelle Fuhrman, among others.
The release date of the project is still not in the listing and is still deep in production. A filming update is in the post specifying the project is filming in Utah, USA, back in August.
Amidst the talk of Costner refusing to film the final scenes of the current season, a Paramount Network spokesperson said:
We have no news to report. Kevin Costner is a big part of ‘Yellowstone,’ and we hope that’s the case for a long time to come.
So, in this case, ‘no news is good news’ for the fans of the ranch family, right? Nevertheless, they did not also state anything about future seasons. Rather they continued to tell about the expansions stating:
Thanks to the brilliant mind of Taylor Sheridan, we are always working on franchise expansions of this incredible world he has built. Matthew McConaughey is a phenomenal talent with whom we’d love to partner.
Based on Deadline’s article, the show will end after the second part of season 5, which arrives this summer. Paramount Network has more interest in expanding the western world Sheridan built. This is primarily supported by the well-received prequels 1883 and 1923.
The series is now becoming a highly valued IP for Paramount as all studios nowadays mean to build a franchise and strengthen the following of a stable fanbase. Yellowstone opened that possibility for many storylines, let alone timelines.
1883 told the tale of how the family got to own the land that is now known as Yellowstone. The 2021 limited series starred Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Sam Elliott.
While 1923, showcased the western expansion, prohibition and the Great Depression, starring Helen Mirren and Harrison Ford. The latter of the prequels have an upcoming second and final season.
Yellowstone Has It’s Own Universe
Still in development are two separate series covering the 1940s and 1960s timelines. There are also other series in development that are happening in the 1883 and current timeline. One that features Bass Reeves, starring David Oyelowo and another with the title 6666, which features the Four Sixes Ranch in Texas.
As it appears, perhaps Yellowstone is due to pass the baton, so to speak. As Costner has his hands full with the 4-picture deal of Horizon with Warner Bros and Sheridan is also full with other expansions and separate projects, one series has to end to give birth to others.
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