‘Yellowstone’ Creator Taylor Sheridan Had Short Time to Turn Around Spin-Off ‘1883’

by Lauren Boisvert
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The “Yellowstone” prequel “1883” just premiered Sunday, Dec. 19, but it’s already wildly popular. Fans are impatiently waiting for the next installment, not due until Dec. 26 on Paramount+.

A little-known fact about the show is that creator Taylor Sheridan almost didn’t have enough time to make it. Executives from Paramount gave Sheridan an ultimatum about “1883,” saying that they wanted it airing in 2021. He submitted the pilot script in April, and in May, started filming for “Mayor of Kingstown.” But the execs wanted “1883” written, filmed, and airing within 2021. That gave Sheridan 7 months.

In an interview with Deadline at the “1883” premiere, Sheridan recalled telling the executives, “‘that’s not possible, I can start production in February [2022], maybe.'” But the execs were adamant that “1883” should air this year. Sheridan also recalled what the exec said in response, editing his language because Audie Rick, the youngest cast member, was present, saying, “‘Look, we are betting the house on this, and we are trucked if you don’t do it. We’re paying you a lot of trucking money, so you trucking figure it out!'”

The show had no cast, no script besides the pilot, and no locations, according to Sheridan. It was nearly impossible. But Sheridan said, “‘I need the toys, I need the cast, I need the team.’ […] And I did not hear the word no, at all.” He ran into no roadblocks when making “1883” because Paramount wanted it to be a hit as much as Sheridan did. Everyone involved wanted it done right, and so they were able to do it in 7 months.

Faith Hill On What it Was Like Reading ‘1883’ Script for the First Time

Faith Hill recently spoke with Deadline about her experience playing Margaret Dutton on “1883,” including her thoughts when she read the script for the first time. Hill usually stays away from co-starring with her husband, Tim McGraw, and she wasn’t willing to take the job on blind faith. She needed to know she was getting into something good.

“Upon reading the first couple of episodes, wow. Holy cow, is this amazing,” she told Deadline of the “1883” script. “So I said I was very interested. This sounds like it could be it. And the episodes just kept coming in, and I just had never read anything like it, to be honest. And then, the perspective from Elsa’s voice, that she carries this show and how it’s seen through her eyes and her voice.”

She spoke further about the part for Elsa, played by Isabel May. Elsa represents the point of view that we see the world through in “1883”. Hill said, “As a woman, as a mom with three daughters, I just thought, ‘My God, this is extraordinary writing for anyone, but for a young woman, it’s really extraordinary.’ And I just felt the characters were great. They were colorful. They were intense. There’s tragedy. There’s passion […] I was just blown away by the writing, and by the writing for Isabel just floored me.”

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