A lot of people want more, as the saying goes, and maybe Kevin Costner is the one personifying that expression right now. At least if the rumors that it has become impossible to work with the actor are true. So much so that the fifth season of yellowstone It seemed for a while that it would have to end early, as Paramount and Costner were disagreeing on the schedule, in which he wanted to reduce the shooting time scheduled in the contract from 65 days to 50 for the first half of the season and just one week for the remaining eight episodes. This is said to have caused the director a lot of trouble. taylor sheridan and it has also caused the discontent of the other actors, who consider that the star has too big an ego. The disagreements are said to have led Sheridan to consider ending the series after five seasons and moving on to a new series starring Matthew McConaughey. Paramount then issued a statement in this regard:
“We have no news to report. Kevin Costner is a huge part of Yellowstone and we hope he will be that way for a long time to come. Thanks to the brilliant mind of Taylor Sheridan, we are always working on franchise expansions to this amazing world he has built. Matthew McConaughey is a phenomenal talent that we would love to partner with.”
Kevin CostnerHe, of course, shot down the rumor, saying that there are no problems in the collaboration, and sent his lawyer with the following statement in the hope of settling the argument:
“The idea that Kevin was only willing to work one week on the second half of Yellowstone Season 5 is an absolute lie. It’s ridiculous, and anyone who suggests it shouldn’t be believed for a second. As everyone well knows who know Kevin, he is passionate about the series and has always done everything possible to ensure its success.”
However, the talk continues with new information that ensures that it is not only a disagreement about the shooting schedule and the discontent of the rest of the cast, but that there is also dissatisfaction with salaries. ET Canada has interviewed Matthew Belloni, co-founder of Puck News and former editor of The Hollywood Reporter, and claims to have information that Costner will receive a large salary increase to face a sixth season. Kevin, who is already one of the highest paid in the television industry at around $12 million per episode, now wants $15 million to continue, which would give him more than $200 million for 16 episodes. However, it appears the dispute is mainly over the actor demanding “overtime” pay, something that rarely exists in Hollywood for a leading actor who is there to promote “his” movie or series of his. It’s a bit of an unwritten rule, that you put yourself there and do whatever is necessary, even if a shoot is delayed. Especially when it comes to stars as well paid as in this case. In Belloni’s own words:
“According to my sources, Costner makes about $1.2 million per episode of Yellowstone, and that’s on top of an overall deal that he has that pays him extra money. So he makes over $20 million per season if it’s 16. episodes, as scheduled for this season.If “Yellowstone” is picked up for a sixth season, and Costner is on the series for season six, he will receive $1.5 million per episode.
“The Yellowstone way of shooting is that Costner comes on set for a certain period of time and takes the position that for anything outside of his contractually bound time on set, he should be paid extra for it. But in Hollywood, it’s kind of an unwritten rule that you promote your show or your movie when it’s time to do it. Costner would ask for extra money to promote his show and the producers saw it as a way of taking money from a guy who was He paid extraordinarily well for his services.
He also thinks it’s going to be hard for him to come back after all the behind-the-scenes drama, and has this to say about Costner’s future with Sheridan:
“I think the negativity right now has gotten to a point where it’s going to be very difficult for him to come back to the show. If I had to bet, I’d say he’s probably going to leave and the show will end and they’ll do a remake of Yellowstone. starring Matthew McConaughey, some other actor… maybe they’ll finish it entirely and start over with new people. But my guess is that the version of Yellowstone we know probably ends with this season.”
Everything is rumor and conjecture, of course, with nothing confirmed or denied, but If the river makes a noise its because water is runningas the old saying goes, and until everything is cleared up, there seems to be nothing that will bring Yellowstone out of limbo.