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The hit drama “Yellowstone” is reportedly set to end in its current form with star actor Kevin Costner while the show’s creators are eyeing extending the franchise with actor Matthew McConaughey.
Deadline reported that Taylor Sheridan, co-creator and showrunner, along with Paramount Global and Paramount Network, are already in talks with McConaughey, and several of the show’s main characters are expected to be in the new version of the series, the report 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,” a Paramount Network spokesperson said. “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.”
Sheridan is also behind the “Yellowstone” extremely popular prequel series “1883” and “1923.” The success of those two shows has afforded Sheridan the ability to be less dependent on “Yellowstone” for success, the report said.
The new show will reportedly start on Paramount Network and then will be moved to Paramount+.
The decision to move on from Costner comes after he reportedly wanted to do less filming than what producers wanted, the report said. Paramount Network rejected a proposal from Costner and decided to move on.
Deadline added that Sheridan may make two additional prequel series to “Yellowstone” that would detail struggles in the 1940s and 1960s to hang onto the ranch.