‘Yellowstone’ Creator Taylor Sheridan Says ‘1883’ Will Be ‘Epic and Huge’

by Quentin Blount

This one goes out to all of you Yellowstone fans out there. Hopefully, you aren’t expecting its newly-announced spinoff, 1883, to be some small show. Creator Taylor Sheridan says it will be just the opposite.

That’s right, word has it that prequel to the hit Paramount Network show Yellowstone is going to be huge. It will take a look back at the Dutton family before they gained control of Yellowstone Ranch — the largest contiguous ranch in the entire country. If you remember, the show was officially announced back in February of this year during the Super Bowl.

And let us be the first to say that 1883 certainly won’t have any drawbacks when it comes to star power. Earlier this month, it was announced that country music power couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill would be starring in the show. They will play two of 1883‘s main characters in James and Margaret Dutton. But wait, there’s more. Alongside McGraw and Hill, the show will also star Hollywood veteran Sam Elliott as Shea Brennan. He’s a cowboy who helps guide the Duttons from Texas to Montana.

And just trust us when we say that creator Taylor Sheridan is going all out. They will be shooting the show in multiple Texas locations including Dallas, Fort Worth, Palestine, and Guthrie. Sheridan said that they have even built an entire 1800s town in the stockyards of Fort Worth.

“Look, this is not going to be an easy or inexpensive show to make,” he said. “This is going to be epic and huge and I want to tell it in the scope as if I were making a 10-hour movie.”

‘Yellowstone’ Prequel ‘1883’ Will Cost More Than $10 Million Per Episode

Yep. You read that right. The upcoming Yellowstone spin-off 1883, has an insane budget of over $10 million per episode, according to Deadline. That’s even more expensive than the cost of each episode of Yellowstone.

So, if you didn’t believe Sheridan earlier when he said that the show wouldn’t be “easy or inexpensive to make,” it is probably time to reconsider. It looks like they are pulling out all the stops when it comes to this highly-anticipated origin story.

Now obviously, ViacomCBS and Paramount Network have a lot of faith in Sheridan as the lead man for Yellowstone and 1883. ViacomCBS knew exactly what they were getting into when the company and Sheridan agreed to a deal to spend at least nine figures on the Yellowstone prequel.

And there’s no reason to expect that 1883, with its brilliant creator and star-studded cast, won’t live up to the hype. After all, Yellowstone finished its season three finale with more than 5.2 million viewers. The figure made it the highest-rated show on cable TV.