I would love to know what was going through Taylor Sheridan’s head the moment he initially pitched Yellowstone all those years ago. I wonder if he knew that his neo-western show about a family struggling to maintain their way of life in Montana would become the biggest show on television and spawn multiple seasons, not to mention spinoff and prequel series that will soon anchor an entire streaming service from one of the biggest entertainment entities. Regardless if Sheridan, or Kevin Costner, knew what the future would hold, here we are, anxiously awaiting the arrival of Yellowstone Season 4, Y: 1883, and 6666, and whatever else the writer/director has in store for us.
Below is a breakdown of each of those upcoming Yellowstone shows, where you’ll be able to see them, as well as two other projects Taylor Sheridan has coming out in the very near future.
Yellowstone Season 4
In the months following the shocking Yellowstone Season 3 finale with all those cliffhangers, fans of the Paramount Network’s crown jewel have been going crazy with all those Yellowstone fan theories, rumors, and other speculations about John Dutton and the rest of the family on and off ranch. Hell, even the writer behind Dallas’ iconic “Who Shot J.R.?” cliffhanger had something to say about the way things ended in September 2020.
While there are more than a few things that need to happen when Yellowstone Season 4 premieres at some point in 2021, the biggest concern from the show’s diehard fans has to do with its return date. Nothing official has been revealed about exactly when we’ll go back to the Dutton Ranch (or the possibility of other locations), but the Chief Joseph Ranch Instagram account (where much of the show is filmed) did make a post in November 2020 saying filming had wrapped before alluding to a June 2021 return. John Dutton, well, Kevin Costner, actually, further fanned those flames in a February 2021 Instagram post of his own asking who was ready to go back to the ranch.
There is also that business about Jefferson White, who plays Jimmy Hurdstram, saying Yellowstone’s next chapter is the best season yet. Regardless of when it comes Yellowstone Season 4 will surely delight fans but it won’t be the only show bringing joy to the hearts of the show’s biggest fans.
It was only a matter of time before there was a Yellowstone prequel series, especially with a family and location with unexplored stories coming from every direction, and now it is becoming a reality. Announced ahead of Super Bowl LV, Y: 1883, which will land on Paramount+ whenever it eventually airs, will serve as a prequel to the main series and follow the Dutton family as they set off for a new life in the American West back in the late 19th Century. Leaving their old life, civilization, and creature comforts behind, the Duttons will push through the Great Plains before setting on the wild unknown that is Montana over the course of the show.
And while there are a great deal of unknowns surrounding Y: 1883, there are actually more than a few things we already know about the series in addition to its basic premise, including speculation about the significance of its title, how it could continue the franchise for years to come, and other little facts about the upcoming prequel series. The biggest one? It is slated to premiere on Paramount+ at some point in 2021, meaning we don’t have too much longer to go before we have even more Duttons, even if they aren't members of the Yellowstone cast, running around.
Y: 1883 isn’t the only show set within the world of Yellowstone to be making its way to Paramount+ in the future as the spinoff series 6666 (working title) is currently in the works. Unlike the prequel series which will be set in a different time period and not feature any of the main show’s characters (for obvious reasons), 6666 sounds like it will be more closely tied to Yellowstone proper in that it features two characters from the Paramount Network powerhouse though in a much different setting, per the show’s logline:
Founded when Comanches still ruled West Texas, no ranch in America is more steeped in the history of the West than the 6666. Still operating as it did two centuries before, and encompassing an entire county, the 6666 is where the rule of law and the laws of nature merge in a place where the most dangerous thing one does is the next thing. The 6666 is synonymous with the merciless endeavor to raise the finest horses and livestock in the world, and ultimately where world class cowboys are born and made.
Taking up residence at this new West Texas ranch will be Jimmy Hurdstrom (Jefferson White) and Walker (Ryan Bingham, who has a remarkable story), though it remains unclear if they will be sticking around after Yellowstone Season 4 or if there will be a cross-show arc to bridge that gap. It also remains unclear as to when 6666 will debut on Paramount+ or if the working title will thrown out for something else.
Other Upcoming Taylor Sheridan Projects
But it isn’t all Yellowstone for Taylor Sheridan, as the Oscar-nominated screenwriter, director, and producer has several upcoming movie and TV projects on the horizon. Here’s a quick breakdown of each of those…
Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse
On Friday, April 30, Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse will land on Amazon with Michael B. Jordan taking on the role of John Clark, the late military thriller author’s second most famous character after Jack Ryan. Written by Taylor Sheridan and Will Staples and directed by Stefano Sollima, the film will follow Clark as he uncovers an international conspiracy. And this isn’t a one-and-done project for Jordan as he will reprise his character in a second film, which is to be based on Clancy’s Rainbow Six.
Those Who Wish Me Dead
On Friday, May 14, Taylor Sheridan’s directorial followup to Wind River, titled Those Who Wish Me Dead will land in theaters and on HBO Max as part of the Warner. Bros. 2021 release model. The neo-western thriller will follow Angelina Jolie’s Hannah Faber as she protects a young murder witness from a pair of assassins and a raging wildfire.
Mayor Of Kingstown
Taylor Sheridan will be getting back together with Wind River star Jeremy Renner for the upcoming Paramount+ series Mayor of Kingstown. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show will follow Mike McLusky (Renner), the mayor of a small Michigan town kept afloat by the “business of incarceration.” Renner will start working on the project upon fulfilling his obligations for Hawkeye on Disney+.
Taylor Sheridan is also working on yet another Paramount+ series under the title Lioness. According to Deadline, the series will follow a young marine who is recruited to befriend a terrorist’s daughter in hopes of bringing down the organization from the inside out. Not much is known about the project at this point, but be on the lookout for more information in the coming months.
Those are just all of the confirmed projects from the Yellowstone franchise and mind of Taylor Sheridan. With a franchise as successful as the Paramount Network mainstay and writer/director/producer as busy as Sheridan, this looks like it's only the beginning. Speaking of successful television franchises, there are still several more spring 2021 TV shows set to return in the near future.