Kevin Costner Yellowstone Season 5 Conflict Continues, Star Hasn’t Signed On To Film Final Scenes Yet

Yellowstone season 5 continues to be impacted by the Kevin Costner conflict, as the franchise lead has yet to film his final scenes. Reports of uncertainty regarding Costner’s involvement with Yellowstone began gaining traction earlier this year when it emerged that the Western show could end sooner than anticipated because of scheduling disagreements with Costner. The actor reportedly wanted to cut back his filming to one single week. Although the rumor was denied by Costner’s team at the time, it was confirmed in May that Yellowstone would end with season 5, and the attention would shift to a spinoff headlined by Matthew McConaughey.


In a wide-ranging interview with The Hollywood Reporter, franchise creator Taylor Sheridan discusses the speculation that Costner wanted to scale back Yellowstone to focus on a passion project. Sheridan acknowledges that there have been arguments between Costner and the network over when the Oscar winner could finish his role as John Dutton. It’s mentioned that the conversations are still ongoing about convincing Costner to film a few scenes to close out his arc. Check out the details below:

“My last conversation with Kevin was that he had this passion project he wanted to direct. He and the network were arguing about when he could be done with Yellowstone. I said, ‘We can certainly work a schedule toward [his preferred exit date],’ which we did.”

“There are ongoing discussions to try to convince Costner to film a few scenes to wrap his character, though the scripts are not yet complete. One would think Dutton having final conversations with his warring kids, Beth and Jamie, would be particularly helpful to set up the show’s home stretch.”

“My opinion of Kevin as an actor hasn’t altered. His creation of John Dutton is symbolic and powerful … and I’ve never had an issue with Kevin that he and I couldn’t work out on the phone. But once lawyers get involved, then people don’t get to talk to each other and start saying things that aren’t true and attempt to shift blame based on how the press or public seem to be reacting. He took a lot of this on the chin and I don’t know that anyone deserves it. His movie seems to be a great priority to him and he wants to shift focus. I sure hope [the movie is] worth it — and that it’s a good one.

Why Yellowstone Ending With Costner’s Leave Is The Right Call

Kevin Costner's John Dutton and the rest of the cowboys on the Yellowstone

It could be argued that Yellowstone doesn’t need Costner in the way that it once might have. The franchise has its share of breakout characters, particularly Kelly Reilly in the role of Beth Dutton, and it has an ever-growing net of sequels and prequels that include acting legends like Helen Mirren and Harrison Ford in the case of 1923, which has already been renewed for season 2. It’s in an even stronger position to continue because of the way McConaughey’s series is set up.

Although details about the upcoming McConaughey show are being kept under wraps, potentially because it links up to what happens in Yellowstone season 5 part 2, it has been reported that several original Yellowstone actors could join the Oscar-winning McConaughey for the spinoff. Wes Bentley, who plays Jamie Dutton, recently expressed an openness to that possibility.

Given how the upcoming spinoff is coming together, though, it seems that the franchise will end the main Yellowstone series with the actor that started it rather than making McConaughey its new lead. The True Detective alum will get to lead his own project and that will somewhat lessen the comparisons between the Western’s past and its future.

Source: THR

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