“Yellowstone” To Cut Ties With Kevin Costner, Move to Spinoffs

Paramount’s Wild West drama “Yellowstone” has been a roaring success that propelled show creator Taylor Sheridan into the public eye, but reports indicate that star actor Kevin Costner may soon be done with the franchise.

According to a recent Deadline report, Paramount and Sheridan are planning to end the Yellowstone TV show in a spectacular way and then transition into doing even more spinoffs than the ones that have already been aired. One such spinoff has even been rumored to include Matthew McConaughey. Deadline, reporting on that, said:

Deadline understands that Taylor Sheridan, co-creator and showrunner, Paramount Global and Paramount Network are moving to end their signature show in its current form. But they are plotting a potential franchise extension to continue the Dutton saga, a new show with Matthew McConaughey in talks to star.

It is unclear which of the Yellowstone cast will move over to the McConaughey-led series, but it is expected to include several of the big stars

A Paramount Network spokesperson gave a statement to Deadline in which they seemed unwilling to confirm or deny the report, saying:

“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. 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.”

The reason for the rift between Costner, Sheridan, and Paramount is not yet eniterly clear. However, there is allegedly a problem with scheduling conflicts that has begun to result in a rift between Costner and Sheridan. Specifically, Costner has reportedly only made himself available for one week of shooting for the upcoming wave of episodes, something that would be highly problematic for Sheridan if true given Costner’s starring role in the show.

Costner, for his role as John Dutton, won the Golden Globe for Best Actor. In an Instagram post, he thanks those who work on the show and his fans:

“Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press and @goldenglobes for this tremendous honor and to the @yellowstone team for bringing John Dutton’s world to life. I share this recognition with my castmates, the producers, and our incredible crew. Most of all, thank you to our show’s fans, who love Yellowstone Ranch as if it were their own”

Whatever happens, hopefully they are able to keep Yellowstone as something other than a completely woke show, as it is one of the only dramas currently on TV that is not fully woke and which pushes something of a pro-masculine, pro-American message that has been lacking from mainstream entertainment for years. That’s what has made Yellowstone popular, and replacing it with wokeness would destroy the show.

Costner is now in production on a movie called Horizon, a western that “chronicles a multi-faceted, 15-year span of pre-and post-Civil War expansion and settlement of the American west,” according to IMDB.

By: Will Tanner. Follow me on Twitter @Will_Tanner_1

Notice: This article may contain commentary that reflects the author's opinion.

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