The wildly popular Western series Yellowstone, created by Taylor Sheridan, has been embroiled in a cloud of rumors and backstage drama recently. With its most-watched season premiering at the end of 2022, fans are on edge, wondering about the show’s future.
Is Yellowstone Cancelled? First things first: yes, Yellowstone will wrap up with Season 5 Part 2. But don’t despair! A follow-up series is already in development, with Matthew McConaughey rumored to be taking the reins. While initially slated for a December 2023 release, potential delays are expected due to ongoing strikes involving the cast and writers.
In an official statement, Chris McCarthy, the president & CEO of Showtime and MTV Entertainment Studios, expressed enthusiasm for the show’s future: “Yellowstone has laid the foundation for a slew of global sensations, from 1883 to Tulsa King. We are fully confident that our upcoming sequel will add another blockbuster to that list.”
David Glasser, CEO of 101 Studios, assures fans, “The story of the Dutton family will continue in an epic fashion, seamlessly picking up from where Yellowstone leaves off. We can’t wait to share this next chapter with viewers worldwide.”
What About the Drama Behind the Scenes? A recent Deadline Contenders Television panel featured Taylor Sheridan, who mentioned he’s “turning straw into gold in Texas” and hinted at exciting developments ahead.
Kevin Costner’s commitment to the show had previously been questioned, sparking concerns that the show might come to an abrupt halt. The Hollywood Reporter had even suggested that Costner was reluctant to commit more than a week to the show due to his involvement in another project, Horizon.
However, Costner’s attorney Marty Singer vehemently denied these claims, stating, “The idea that Kevin would only commit one week to the second half of Season 5 is a complete fabrication. Kevin is deeply passionate about Yellowstone and has consistently gone above and beyond to ensure its success.”
What’s Next? Despite the whirling rumor mill, insiders have confirmed to the New York Post that Yellowstone will indeed conclude after its fifth season, citing some “tension” with Costner. However, the franchise will live on through various spin-offs, including one titled 6666, which appears to be a perfect vehicle for the upcoming sequel series.