According to reports from Monday evening, Paramount Network’s behemoth hit Yellowstone is set to come to an end (in its current form).
But given the success of the franchise, that doesn’t mean it’s over, as reports indicate that Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey is in talks to star in a sequel series that will continue the story of the main series.
As the report states, the sequel series is expected to include characters from the original series, although it’s currently unclear which.
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. [via Deadline]
In a statement, Paramount refused to confirm the existence of the project:
“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.”
As per reports, the change in the Yellowstone franchise is due to a scheduling issue with star Kevin Costner, who is set to direct the Warner Bros. western epic film Horizon in the coming years.
In addition to Kevin Costner as John Dutton, Yellowstone also stars Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, Cole Hauser, Kelsey Asbille, and Gil Birmingham.
The Yellowstone franchise has been a massive blue chip for Paramount, as they’ve been able to expand the franchise into a shared universe with projects such as 1883 and 1923.
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