According to sources close to the production, Kevin Costner will not return to Yellowstone after the fifth season. The news comes in response to rumors that the star of the Paramount Network series and co-creator Taylor Sheridan were having arguments over the actor’s commitments to film the remaining episodes of the season.
Extra sources likewise tell that there is still no report on when the cast and crew will get back to Montana, where the series is filmed on location, to get done with shooting season 5’s leftover episodes. There has been a lot of confusion and frustration as a result.
The news about Costner’s Yellowstone status comes after he, Sheridan, and the rest of the cast didn’t show up to a panel that had been scheduled for PaleyFest in Los Angeles.
This came nearly two months after reported that there were disagreements over Costner’s filming schedule and that Yellowstone might end sooner than expected in its current form.
At the time, a Paramount Network spokesperson told ET that the network had “no news to report” and that Costner “is a big part of Yellowstone and we hope that’s the case for a long time to come.” In addition, the spokesperson said that the network had “no news to report.”
Reporter Matthew Belloni was the first to report on the show’s on-set difficulties and disagreements during its fifth season.
“Yellowstone is really in limbo right now until they can figure out whether Costner is coming back or, more likely, whether he’s going to be written out of the show,” Belloni explained. “Once that determination is made, they can finish writing the second half of this season, shoot it, and it will likely air in the fall.”
In the midst of this, the entertainer’s all’s lawyer, Marty Singer, fired back about the charges of show in an explanation to ET. ” It is a complete fabrication to suggest that Kevin was only willing to work on the second half of season 5 of Yellowstone for one week. The attorney stated, “It’s absurd, and anyone suggesting it should not be believed for a second.”
“As everyone who knows anything about Kevin is well aware, he is incredibly passionate about the show and has always gone way beyond the norm to ensure its success,” he added.
Since then, it has been made public that the previously mentioned spinoff series starring Matthew McConaughey is now in production. Chris McCarthy, the head of Paramount, told The Hollywood Reporter that McConaughey is lined up to star in a Yellowstone extension.
He also said that Sheridan’s ever-expanding universe is about to get even bigger, saying that McConaughey’s Yellowstone extension is one of more than ten projects McCarthy and Sheridan are working on for Paramount Network and Paramount+. Sheridan is the architect behind 1883 and 1923, among other projects.
Fresh insight about Costner’s exit from the show comes a day after it was uncovered that his significant other of over 18 years, Christine Costner, has sought legal separation.
Costner’s representative told ET on Monday, “It is with great sadness that circumstances beyond his control have transpired which have resulted in Mr. Costner having to participate in a dissolution of marriage action.” As they navigate this trying time, we ask that his, Christine, and their children’s privacy be respected.”