Kevin Costner received’t return for Yellowstone, regardless of the actor’s reps pushing for the present’s creator to carry him again.
Costner appeared as John Dutton III on the hit Paramount collection for the primary 4 and a half seasons however is reportedly not included within the second half of Season 5.
It appears the present’s creator, Taylor Sheridan, was prepared to write down Costner into the present. Sadly, he and the actor didn’t see eye-to-eye concerning Costner’s calls for.
The newest report arrives as Yellowstone lately debuted on community TV, with CBS presenting the collection premiere this previous weekend.
It additionally arrives amid the headlines involving Costner’s divorce from Christine Baumgartner, his spouse of 19 years. Baumgartner filed for divorce from the actor this previous Could.
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Primarily based on reviews, Costner’s Yellowstone state of affairs was a subject for a kid help listening to involving the actor and Baumgartner.
Reps have been ‘basically begging’ for Costner’s return
In keeping with ET On-line (by way of Puck Information), Costner’s reps have been “basically begging” the present’s creator, Taylor Sheridan, and Paramount to permit the actor again in Yellowstone. The actor’s reps needed Costner within the second half of the fifth season and seasons past that.
They’d even organized a cellphone name between Costner and Sheridan, who’d been rumored to be feuding. Nonetheless, Sheridan already wrote the second half of Season 5 with out Costner within the story, because it was assumed he’d departed the collection.
And whereas Sheridan was able to carry the lead character again into the collection, he didn’t like what Costner needed.
Primarily based on Puck Information’ report, the 68-year-old actor demanded extra money to return in addition to a lowered filming schedule. As well as, he needed the appropriate to evaluate, approve, and even veto every script.
Reportedly, Sheridan objected to Costner’s script evaluate demand probably the most, and the actor was introduced as leaving the present quickly after they couldn’t agree on these phrases.
Earlier this month, Costner’s Yellowstone exit was half of a kid help listening to to resolve on cost quantities for Baumgartner. The couple shares three youngsters: sons Cayden and Hayes and daughter Grace.
Per ET On-line’s report, the listening to included point out of Costner’s state of affairs with Yellowstone. The actor indicated since he was not a part of the present, the wage he’d acquired for it shouldn’t be factored into help funds. There was additionally point out of potential litigation involving Costner and the present.
How will Costner’s character be written out of Yellowstone?
With Costner taking part in an integral character by Yellowstone’s first 4 and a half seasons, his loss of life is taken into account a giant deal. Nonetheless, it received’t occur in particular methods on account of Costner’s contract.
Costner reportedly has a “moral death” provision in his contract, which particulars how the character can and may’t be killed within the present.
Primarily based on reviews, Costner hasn’t learn Sheridan’s script, and rumors are circulating that the creator might have veered away from the “moral death” provision in writing Dutton III out of Yellowstone.
“Whether [Dutton’s fate] inflates [Costner’s] ego or insults is collateral damage that I don’t factor in with regard to storytelling,” Sheridan instructed Hollywood Reporter in June.
“I’m disappointed,” Sheridan additionally mentioned, including, “It truncates the closure of his character. It doesn’t alter it, but it truncates it.”
This previous Sunday noticed the community premiere of a tamer model of Yellowstone for CBS, starring Costner. Per TV Collection Finale, Sunday’s premiere episode had a 0.8 score and seven.87 million viewers watching on CBS. A follow-up episode drew a 0.5 score with 5.82 million viewers.
The return of Yellowstone to Paramount+ for the second half of Season 5 continues to be up within the air because of the ongoing writers’ strike. Many anticipated a November return for the present, however issues could also be pushed into 2024 as it may’t be filmed within the winter, giving it a restricted window.
Because it stands now, followers shouldn’t anticipate to see Costner’s Dutton III in any extra episodes as soon as the present returns.
Yellowstone’s Season 5 return is TBA for Paramount Plus.