Sylvester Stallone’s ‘Kansas City’: Everything to Know About the Upcoming Taylor Sheridan Series

by Chris Haney
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Yellowstone co-creator Taylor Sheridan is creating another series that has already garnered a lot of buzz. The prolific television director, creator, actor, and writer has already struck gold with Yellowstone‘s spinoff prequel 1883 and Mayor of Kingstown. Yet the upcoming Sylvester Stallone-led TV series Kansas City could eclipse them all. Here’s what Outsider knows so far about Sheridan’s newest series.

After starring in Hollywood films for 50 years, Sylvester Stallone is finally taking on his first full-time role on television. Over the years, the iconic actor has made a handful of guest appearances on various shows. However, Kansas City will be Stallone’s first lead role on television.

The 75-year-old will portray Sal, a New York City Italian mobster, who moves to Kansas City, Missouri. Stallone’s character has trouble adjusting to life in Kansas City, but makes some unlikely friends who join him on his ascent to power. Stallone will be the face of the new series, but he’s also an executive producer on the project.

Additionally, Taylor Sheridan, Terence Winter, David C. Glasser, Braden Aftergood, Ron Burkle, and Bob Yari will executive produce the series. Winter will act as the showrunner as well, and he’s already chosen his staff of writers. Glasser, CEO of 101 Studios, spoke to Deadline about their new project.

“Taylor is a prolific creator because of the multi-dimensional characters he creates and the complex worlds he builds,” said to Deadline. “To be able to have the legendary, transcendent Sylvester Stallone playing one of these characters is truly a privilege. And on top of that, we have Terence producing the project with us, who is responsible for some of the most captivating, deeply respected television shows in history. We are thrilled that ViacomCBS has partnered with us to help tell this story.”

Sylvester Stallone’s New Show Created In One Weekend

For some television shows, it can take months if not years to create. But for Kansas City, it took David C. Glasser and Taylor Sheridan just a couple of days. In fact, they went from having a simple idea to having the pilot script written and Sylvester Stallone on board in one weekend.

“I said, ‘Taylor what if you came up with the cool wildness of Goodfellas with Stallone?’” Glasser told Deadline. “He takes a breath, I’m not even joking, and he goes, ‘Hmm, that’s a good idea, Glasser.’ Then, on the spot, he proceeds to spend 45 minutes pitching me a story that he just created in his head. This is Friday at 3 p.m. It is a great story, and nothing is written down.”

Within 48 hours, Sheridan had hashed out a script and pitched the idea to Stallone on Sunday. After hearing about the character Sal, the legendary Rocky actor signed on immediately. On Monday, Sheridan and Glasser presented Kansas City to Paramount, and the network gave them the green light.

“This is how it happens with him,” Glasser said of Sheridan. “He just picks up the phone and calls people like Billy Bob ThorntonTom HanksSam ElliottTim McGraw and says, ‘Hey, I’ve got this idea.’ I call to do the deal with the agent afterwards.”

Kansas City will air on Paramount+ similar to Sheridan’s other shows. There is no release date yet, but Outsider will keep you posted when we find out.