It’s Taylor Sheridan’s world, and we’re just living in it.
Great news for folks immersed in the Taylor Sheridan universe: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount+ has ordered additional episodes of the Yellowstone prequel 1883 — which airs its next-to-last Season 1 episode this Sunday — and given the green-light to another prequel focused on the ancestors of present-day rancher John Dutton. The new show is titled 1932, and “will follow a new generation of Duttons during the time of Western expansion, Prohibition and the Great Depression.”
The announcement came Tuesday during a livestream Investment Day presentation by ViacomCBS, the parent company of Paramount+. Also newsworthy: Sheridan, co-creator of Yellowstone (previously renewed for a fifth season on Paramount Network) and The Mayor of Kingstown (which will be back for Season 2 on Paramount+), and creator of 1883, will be a creative force behind two other upcoming Paramount+ series of special interest to C&I readers: Land Man, a contemporary Texas drama starring Billy Bob Thornton and set in the world of oil rigs; and Bass Reeves, a limited-run series starring David Oyelowo as the legendary slave-turned-lawman many believe was the real-life inspiration for the fictional Lone Ranger.
But don’t just take our word for it: Taylor Sheridan has more details about these series — and other projects involving Sylvester Stallone, Nicole Kidman and Zoe Saldaña.
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We featured Taylor Sheridan, the multitalented writer-director-producer behind Yellowstone, 1883, Hell or High Water, Wind River, The Mayor of Kingstown, and the latest Yellowstone prequel 1932 on the cover of our January 2021 issue. Read an excerpt of his conversation with Senior Writer Joe Leydon here:
C&I: Let’s backtrack a bit. You were doing rather well for yourself as an actor — and had continuing roles in two successful TV series — before you set your sights on a career at the other side of the cameras. What prompted the switch?
Sheridan: I think the thing that really changed my perspective on my career was getting married and having a child. And then, really thinking about how I am going to raise that child. And if that child is going to look up to me, what is he looking up to me for? It made me reflect on my career very deeply. Also, I wanted to tell stories that mattered to me, and not tell other people’s stories. I wanted to tell stories about my life and the lifestyle that I grew up in, and the world that I came from. So people could understand where I come from, and understand the value of the upbringing that I had. That’s why I quit acting. That’s when I started telling those stories that I felt mattered to me.
Photography: (Cover image) courtesy Emerson Miller