– Kevin Costner is speculated to be demanding more incentives for his work on Yellowstone
– Paramount Network does not have reason to refuse as its No. 1 cable series
– Taylor Sheridan could pass a deadline to create more projects for ViacomCBS, like 1883
Rumors are swirling around that Kevin Costner, the star of the hit show Yellowstone, is in the midst of a contract dispute and could be demanding more money or perks in order to continue working on the popular series. While neither Costner nor Paramount Network have confirmed these reports, it’s not surprising that the actor may be asking for more, considering Yellowstone is Paramount Network’s No. 1 cable series.
Yellowstone, a drama series that takes place in Montana, has been a major success for Paramount Network, with its fourth season set to premiere in November 2021. It is a flagship series for the network and has spawned prequels like Y:1883, which will debut in December on Paramount+. With its popularity, the show has become a cornerstone for Paramount and its streamer.
The series creator, Taylor Sheridan, recently signed a pact with ViacomCBS that would require him to create exclusive content for their platforms over the next couple of years. However, there’s concern that if the standoff with Costner persists, Sheridan could potentially miss a deadline to deliver some of those projects in time. Sheridan’s creative partnership with the network has so far yielded multiple shows, including Mayor of Kingstown and 1883.
Given the success of Yellowstone and its importance to the network, it’s not unthinkable that Paramount would want to meet Costner’s demands, whatever they may be. For now, the future of the show hangs in the balance as negotiations continue.