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  • Yellowstone’s future beyond season 5 is in jeopardy.
  • There are claims of “disagreements over shooting schedules.”
  • There are talks of another spinoff with Matthew McConaughey.

It’s looking like Yellowstone is on its last ride. Yellowstone is the #1 show on cable, but it may be ending after season 5. Has Yellowstone been cancelled? Here’s what we know about the ongoing situation…

Kevin Costner
Kevin Costner as John Dutton. (Paramount Network)

Yellowstone is expected to end with season 5, multiple sources told The New York Post. “Hopefully Kevin [Costner] will return for the remaining episodes if everyone works together, but it looks like Yellowstone will end after this season.” The outlet also claimed that there’s “friction” between Kevin and showrunner Taylor Sheridan. Despite being one of the biggest shows on television, there’s still no update about a premiere date for the second half of the season or when it will film.

Deadline previously reported that Taylor, Paramount Global, and Paramount Network are “moving to end” the show in its “current form.” The family drama is currently in the midst of its fifth season, which was initially set to return with new episodes in summer 2023.

There were rumors of the show’s cancellation because of alleged “disagreements over shooting schedules” with Kevin who plays Dutton family patriarch John Dutton. Sources told the outlet that the Oscar winner only “wanted to shoot for 50 days for the first part of the current season,” down 15 days from the 65 days he originally set for himself. In regards to filming the second part of season 5, Kevin reportedly “only wanted to spend a week shooting.”

According to the outlet, the issue has become a “source of frustration” for Taylor and is “causing morale problems” amongst the other cast members. Paramount Network reportedly turned down Kevin’s latest proposal and “made the decision to move on” to another show.

Kevin’s lawyer, Marty Singer, released a statement on February 21 refuting any report that the Oscar winner is holding up the hit Paramount Network series. “The idea that Kevin was only willing to work one week on the second half of season 5 of Yellowstone is an absolute lie,” Marty told Puck.News in response to an exposé titled “Casualties of the Costner-Yellowstone Crossfire” that was published. “It’s ridiculous — and anyone suggesting it shouldn’t be believed for one second. As everyone who knows anything about Kevin is well aware, he is incredibly passionate about the show and has always gone way above and beyond to ensure its success.”

Is Matthew McConaughey Replacing Kevin Costner?

This other show would be an extension of the Dutton family saga and potentially star Matthew McConaughey, who is “currently in negotiations.” Deadline said it’s “unclear” if any of the Yellowstone cast, which includes Wes Bentley, Kelly Reilly, Luke Grimes, and Cole Hauser, would move to the new series. The show reportedly blossomed out of “continued disagreements over the lessening amount of time Costner is willing to spend shooting” the flagship series.

A Paramount Network spokesperson released the following statement to Deadline: “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.”

Nothing has been officially confirmed about the spinoff, but Matthew cryptically said on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast, “I am now becoming more interested in actually going to play another character in a TV show because the last four years of culminating and writing and getting these things together and getting more into public service. The idea of going to act in the right kind of role, in the right kind of movie, film or series right now sounds like an awesome vacation.”

Kevin Costner
Kelly Reilly and Kevin Costner as Beth and John. (Paramount Network)

The Yellowstone universe has already expanded with two critically-acclaimed prequels: 1883 and 1923. The newest spinoff in the works is 1883: The Bass Reeves Story, starring David Oyelowo and Dennis Quaid. After a massive debut, 1923 has been renewed for season 2.

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