By Brian Gallagher for Dailymail.com
01:27 19 April 2023, update 02:31 19 April 2023
Just hours after a report claimed Yellowstone will end after the back half of Season 5, a new report claims the show could still go on…although there are plans to kill off Kevin Costner’s John Dutton. .
Showbiz 411’s report claims that Costner’s Dutton “will meet a similar fate” to that of Brian Cox’s Logan Roy in HBO’s Succession, who was shockingly killed in the third episode of the show’s final season.
The back half of Season 5 was set to debut on the Paramount Network this summer, though scheduling conflicts with Costner, 68, pushed the show to a likely return this fall.
“The whole team is getting together in Texas and trying to figure out how to do it. I’m sure Taylor Sheridan was more or less successful,” a source claims, adding, “We all knew Kevin would eventually leave.
While the on-screen death isn’t terribly surprising given the months of behind-the-scenes drama, the source also claims the show will continue for at least one more season and won’t be tied to Matthew’s reported rotation. McConaughey. -disabled.
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“I think the main show will last at least one more season after that, they’ll have to see how it goes.” Remember, it’s only 2024. A lot can happen,” the source added.
The source also claimed that McConaughey’s spin-off will resemble the Yellowstone 1923 prequel and be its own series that won’t necessarily have any major ties to the flagship series.
Creator Taylor Sheridan still hasn’t indicated when the final episodes of Season 5 of Yellowstone will be filmed.
The behind-the-scenes drama with Costner and Sheridan first surfaced in an early February report from Deadline, which claimed that Costner initially limited himself to 65 days of filming for the fifth season.
While he spent 50 days filming the first half, the report claimed that he only wanted to spend a week filming the second half, as he was set to star and direct his multi-part Western epic Horizon. for Warner Bros. Pictures, his first directing effort in 20 years since the 2003 film Open Range.
While Costner himself has not spoken publicly about the report, his attorney Marty Singer claimed the report was a lie.
“The idea that Kevin was only willing to work a week on the second half of Yellowstone Season 5 is an absolute lie,” Singer said.
“It’s ridiculous – and anyone who suggests it shouldn’t be believed for a second,” Singer added.
Cole Hauser, who plays cowboy Rip Wheeler on the hit series, said in an interview that there will be at least two more seasons of Yellowstone.
‘I can tell you there will be 6 and there will be a seventh, that’s all I can say. That’s all I can tell you,’ Hauser hinted, although no renewal plans have been confirmed by Paramount at this time.
Chris McCarthy, president and CEO of Paramount Media Networks, opened up in an extensive interview in The Hollywood Reporter, where he didn’t give any details but remained hopeful that they could hold Costner back for more. Yellowstone.
“(Yellowstone) wouldn’t be what it is today without Kevin and we hope it will be for a long time to come,” McCarthy said in the interview.
McCarthy’s statement is similar to one Paramount Network released in early February after the original report.
‘We have no news to report. Kevin Costner is a big part of Yellowstone and we hope it will be for a long time,” the statement began.
“Thanks to the brilliant mind of Taylor Sheridan, we are still working on franchise expansions of this incredible world he has built. Matthew McConaughey is a phenomenal talent who we would love to partner with,” the statement added.
Although McCarthy didn’t elaborate on Costner’s situation, he did say the project with Matthew McConaughey would continue to move forward regardless of Costner’s return.
McCarthy added that the McConaughey Project is one of 10 huge projects that Yellowstone creator Taylor Sheridan has in development on the network.