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Yellowstone Paid A Heavy Price For All Those Spin-Off Shows – SlashFilm

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This “Yellowstone” debacle is complicated, and there’s surely more to the story than each side claims. But it’s worth noting that in the Hollywood Reporter profile in which Taylor Sheridan blamed “Horizon” for the delays, one source claimed that Kevin Costner kept “waiting on scripts,” adding, “How can you schedule something when there are no scripts? (Sheridan’s) doing eight other shows.” That lines up with Costner’s claims that the spin-offs have taken precedence over “Yellowstone” proper.

Meanwhile, Costner also spoke to Empire, where he was asked if he would come back to “Yellowstone,” responding:

I think it’s possible. Who’s to know what a final season is anymore these days? I did five seasons of it. I would love to come back and do it, but it really depends. There are so many other universes (other Yellowstone shows) that are coming out, that maybe they’ll circle back to that, maybe they won’t. I don’t know what they’ll do, but I’m absolutely open to it.”

Despite the spin-offs seemingly detracting from the “Yellowstone” finale, it seems Costner is at least open to returning. That said, he did tell GQ he’s got “about $38 million” of his own money invested in “Horizon,” so he’ll be focusing on marketing those films for the time being. Footage of “Horizon: An American Saga – Chapter 1” shown at CinemaCon 2024 looks utterly massive and impressed audiences, so Costner could well have a hit on his hands. Whether the “Yellowstone” scripts will be waiting after the first two movies have had their box office runs remains to be seen, but with a November 2024 air date set for season five, part two, it seems unlikely we’ll be seeing much of John Dutton III when the episodes do arrive.

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