REPORT: The Next ‘Yellowstone’ Prequel Announced By Paramount Executive

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A Paramount Network official reportedly announced the next prequel to hit series “Yellowstone” during a community event in Hamilton, Montana, Sunday night.

Executive Vice President of Production Tom Prince from 101 Studios, who partnered with Paramount to produce the hit Taylor Sheridan-created cowboy drama, said that the next prequel installment will be titled “1944,” according to Ravalli Republic. The announcement comes hot on the heels of “1923” being issued a second season, surprising fans who are used to the prequel series being a single, self-contained season of television.

Prince described “1944” as a follow-up to “1923,” so does this mean that it’ll be the name of the second season, or an entirely new show? Well, it sounds like it’ll be its own thing.

“Of course, we’ve got 1923, we’ve got the sequel, we’re not letting the cat out of the bag, it’s going to be called ‘1944,’” Prince said at the event. “My guess is that it’ll be shooting largely in the Bitterroot Valley because it has to take place at what is Chief Joseph Ranch.”

Apparently, the decision comes as executives realize the full, global impact of “Yellowstone.” Prince noted that “I was just in Europe two weeks ago. They talked about it in London, I’m like ‘how the hell do you know about Yellowstone in London?’ It’s a big, big show. And it’s the highest quality of television being made right now.” Are we surprised, given the budget for “1923” and the suspected high budget for “1923.”

“Yellowstone” also brings in a huge amount of money for Montana, largely from increased tourism, but also employment spawned from Sheridan’s sets. (RELATED: ‘It Can’t All Be Good’: Actress Spills On How She Thinks ‘1923’ Will Progress)

If these rumors are true, that means Sheridan has “Lioness,” “Tulsa King,” “Mayor of Kingstown,” “Land Man,” “Bass Reeves,” “6666,” as well as “Yellowstone,” “1923” and now “1944” on his plate in the coming year, and that’s just his television commitments! With ten shows under his belt for the coming year, let us pray that the impending financial collapse of the nation doesn’t destroy the Sheridan-Universe.