Paramount Network, which launches in January 2018, announced today that it has greenlighted what the network calls “the first new big and complex project developed for Paramount Network.” The project is “Yellowstone,” which marks the first original drama series for the new network.
The show is described as a sweeping cinematic family drama series. “Yellowstone” is written and directed by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (“Hell or High Water,” “Sicario,” “Wind River”) and executive produced by The Weinstein Company with John and Art Linson (“Sons of Anarchy,” “Fight Club,” “Heat”).
The series is slated to go into production for 10 one-hour episodes this fall, with its premiere scheduled for summer 2018.
“’Yellowstone’ follows the Dutton family, led by John Dutton, who controls the largest contiguous ranch in the United States, under constant attack by those it borders — land developers, an Indian reservation, and America’s first National Park,” the announcement says. “It is an intense study of a violent world far from media scrutiny — where land grabs make developers billions, and politicians are bought and sold by the world’s largest oil and lumber corporations. Where drinking water poisoned by fracking wells and unsolved murders are not news: they are a consequence of living in the new frontier. It is the best and worst of America seen through the eyes of a family that represents both.”
Said Sheridan: “I’ve been fortunate to work with partners like Weinstein and John and Art Linson in developing ‘Yellowstone’ and am grateful that it has found a home in the Paramount Network. The show is both timely and timeless. As much as it explores themes painfully relevant to the world today, it explores the very essence of family, and how the actions of one member can alter the course of generations.”
Keith Cox, president of Development and Production for Paramount Network, added: “’Yellowstone’ exemplifies what a Paramount Network original dramatic series will be with premium storytelling, high production values, compelling characters, and the best talent behind the camera and in front of it.”
Executive Producers for the series include John Linson, Art Linson, Taylor Sheridan, Harvey Weinstein and David Glasser.