Kevin Costner received’t return for Yellowstone, regardless of the actor’s reps pushing for the present’s creator to deliver him again.
Costner appeared as John Dutton III on the hit Paramount sequence 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 put in writing Costner into the present. Sadly, he and the actor didn’t see eye-to-eye relating to Costner’s calls for.
The most recent report arrives as Yellowstone lately debuted on community TV, with CBS presenting the sequence 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 Might.
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Based mostly on studies, Costner’s Yellowstone scenario was a subject for a kid assist listening to involving the actor and Baumgartner.
Reps have been ‘basically begging’ for Costner’s return
Based on ET On-line (through 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 wished 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 sequence.
And whereas Sheridan was able to deliver the lead character again into the sequence, he didn’t like what Costner wished.
Based mostly on Puck Information’ report, the 68-year-old actor demanded extra money to return in addition to a decreased filming schedule. As well as, he wished the precise to assessment, approve, and even veto every script.
Reportedly, Sheridan objected to Costner’s script assessment demand essentially 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 assist listening to to determine on cost quantities for Baumgartner. The couple shares three kids: sons Cayden and Hayes and daughter Grace.
Per ET On-line’s report, the listening to included point out of Costner’s scenario with Yellowstone. The actor indicated since he was now not a part of the present, the wage he’d acquired for it shouldn’t be factored into assist 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 enjoying an integral character by way of Yellowstone’s first 4 and a half seasons, his loss of life is taken into account an enormous deal. Nonetheless, it received’t occur in particular methods as a result 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.
Based mostly on studies, 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 advised 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 Sequence 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 remains 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 well’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.