‘1883’ Executive Producer Compares the Show to Classic Westerns like ‘Lonesome Dove’ and ‘Dances With Wolves’

by Jennifer Shea

“1883” executive producer and 101 Studios CEO David Glasser has high hopes for the series. He’s comparing the new “Yellowstone” prequel to some iconic Westerns.

According to Deadline, Glasser said “1883” “has the ambitious spirit of past period frontier classics.” He went on to name “Lonesome Dove,” “Last of the Mohicans” and “Dances with Wolves.”

Those titles will carry particular meaning to “Yellowstone” star Kevin Costner. Costner is an avowed fan of Westerns. He also won an Oscar for directing “Dances with Wolves.” But they no doubt also signal to the cast of “1883” that creator Taylor Sheridan is aiming high. And they suggest he will be taking the same cinematic approach to “1883” as he does to “Yellowstone.”

‘1883’ Executive Producer Is Looking to Sheridan for ‘Immersive’ TV

In previous press releases, Glasser has spoken of “the Taylor Sheridan universe.” He’s also lauded Sheridan’s knack for creating compelling characters and “immersive” storylines.

Paramount+ and its partners are certainly banking on Sheridan’s ability to draw audiences. But he’s already demonstrated that with “Yellowstone.” The series has consistently shattered ratings records. And it ended Season 3 as the top-rated show on cable.  

Glasser has some experience with cinematic ambitions. He has led the production, marketing and distribution of nearly 200 films, per IMDb. Movies he’s worked on have netted a collective 195 Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations. He’s seen 40 of them win awards. That includes films like “Silver Linings Playbook” and “The Artist.”

So when he compares Sheridan’s new show to classic films, it underscores the scale of what they’re attempting with “1883.”

Glasser Worked with Sheridan on ‘Wind River’

Glasser also produced “Wind River.” That’s Sheridan’s film about the rape and murder of a young woman on a Native American reservation. It ran into some controversy over its association with serial sexual predator Harvey Weinstein.

Sheridan reportedly went to great lengths to get any mention of The Weinstein Company removed from the film. The company had bought the movie at Cannes.

“I called TWC president David Glasser and said, ‘I’m going to demand something of you. And you are going to get absolutely nothing in return,’” Sheridan told Deadline in 2017. “‘And you’re going to do it. Because it’s the right thing to do.’ To David’s credit, he agreed.”

Sheridan said he also demanded that some of the profits from the movie go to charities for abuse survivors.