Kevin Costner’s lawyer denied claims that agreed with the actor holding up “Yellowstone.”
“It’s ridiculous — and anyone suggesting it shouldn’t be believed for one second,” the lawyer said.
Deadline reported that the franchise may be looking to continue without Costner following a dispute.
Kevin Costner’s camp is categorically denying the claims that the actor is holding up production on the remainder of the current season of “Yellowstone.”
According to a bombshell report earlier this month, trouble has been brewing on the set of the Paramount Network drama as the 68-year-old lead actor has been keen to cut back the number of days he spends shooting on location in Montana.
While Costner himself hasn’t addressed the issue, his lawyer has. Speaking to Puck in a piece published Tuesday, Marty Singer said the reports about his client are “ridiculous.”
“The idea that Kevin was only willing to work one week on the second half of season five of ‘Yellowstone’ is an absolute lie,” the actor’s litigator said.
“It’s ridiculous — and anyone suggesting it shouldn’t be believed for one second. As everyone who knows anything about Kevin is well aware, he is incredibly passionate about the show and has always gone way above and beyond to ensure its success.”
In response to Singer, Paramount doubled down on the vague statement it shared last week.
A representative from the network told Puck: “As we previously stated, Kevin has been a key component of the success of our ‘Yellowstone’ series, and we hope that will continue from here on out.”
According to Deadline, the series may end after its current fifth season because Costner is locked in a standoff over his shooting dates, presumably because he is working on a Western epic of his own that he is directing, co-writing, and starring in.
Production on “Horizon,” the “Dances With Wolves” director’s upcoming four-part series about the expansion of the American west, began in November 2022 in Utah and is reportedly resuming sometime this spring.
As a result, cocreator and showrunner Taylor Sheridan, Paramount Global, and Paramount Network have reportedly explored opportunities that will allow them to continue the Dutton saga, including a potential new spinoff show starring Matthew McConaughey, reported Deadline.
However, a Paramount Network spokesperson denied these claims, telling Insider: “We have no news to report. Kevin Costner is a big part of ‘Yellowstone,’ and we hope that’s the case for a long time to come.
“Thanks to the brilliant mind of Taylor Sheridan, we are always working on franchise expansions of this incredible world he has built.”
The statement concluded: “Matthew McConaughey is a phenomenal talent with whom we’d love to partner.”
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