Matthew McConaughey’s “Yellowstone” is officially moving forward at Paramount regardless of Kevin Costner’s future in the franchise’s flagship show.
Paramount Media Networks President and CEO Chris McCarthy confirmed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. The 53-year-old Actor Lined up to star in an extended series set in the world of Yellowstone.
According to McCarthy, McConaughey’s next show continues regardless of whether Costner, who is rumored to be considering an exit, stays with the original series.
While McCarthy said he didn’t have any updates regarding Costner’s future on “Yellowstone,” he told the outlet that the mega-hit Western “won’t be what it is today without Kevin, and hopefully for a long time to come.”
The executive also revealed that the “Dallas Buyers Club” star’s suspended series is one of more than a dozen projects he’s working on with “Yellowstone” creator Taylor Sheridan. Sheridan’s “Yellowstone” empire already includes the “1883” and “1923” versions, plus Upcoming spin-off “Bass Reeves”.
In February, Deadline reported that McConaughey was in talks to helm the “Yellowstone” franchise because the original series could end amid scheduling conflicts with Costner. The 68-year-old actor, who recently won a Golden Globe for his role in “Yellowstone” patriarch John Dutton, wanted to reduce the time he spent filming the series.
At the time, a Paramount Network spokesperson told Fox News Digital, “We have no news to report. Kevin Costner is a big part of ‘Yellowstone,’ and hopefully that will be the case for a long time to come.”
“Thanks to the brilliant mind of Taylor Sheridan, we’re always working on franchise expansions of this amazing world he’s built.”
The network added,Matthew McConaughey She is an exceptional talent that we would like to partner with.”
Costner’s attorney, Marty Singer, Criticize reports That the actor wasn’t willing to work as hard to film Season 5 and Season 6 of “Yellowstone.”
“The idea that Kevin was only willing to work one week on the second half of Season 5 of ‘Yellowstone’ is an absolute lie,” Singer told Fox News Digital. “It’s ridiculous, and anyone who suggests it shouldn’t be believed for a second. As everyone who knows anything about Kevin is well aware, he’s incredibly passionate about the show and has always gone above and beyond to ensure it’s a success.”
Paramount Network announced the fifth season of “Yellowstone”. He is set to return in the summer of 2023. “1923,” starring Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren, aired its first season finale in February, and is confirmed to return for a second season.
Last month, McConaughey took part in the birthday party of “Yellowstone” star Cole Hauser, which fueled speculation among fans that the two might team up for another part in the franchise. Hauser, 48, plays farmstead Rip Wheeler and husband Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly).
McConaughey, who starred alongside Hauser in Comedy 1993 Dazed and Confused posted a throwback photo of the duo at a Texas Longhorns game in 2006.
“Keep riding Cole Kenny, happy birthday, Matthew David,” the Oscar winner wrote in the caption.
Representatives for Paramount Network and Matthew McConaughey did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.