‘Yellowstone’ Spin-Off Starts Filming In Texas As Another Prequel Enters Official Development

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“Yellowstone” spin-off prequel series “Bass Reeves” is officially underway, and “1944” was confirmed as the next prequel to the iconic show, both pieces of news dropping in mid-February.

A news update from WFAA stated that production development is underway in Texas for the upcoming spin-off prequel “Bass Reeves,” the true story of America’s first ever black U.S. marshal. Reeves was born a slave in 1838, and went on to serve for the Confederacy during the Civil War, a guide for government officials throughout Indian Territory, and is said to have apprehended more than 3,000 outlaws throughout his prolific career.

“Yellowstone” co-creator Taylor Sheridan and actor-producer David Oyelowo confirmed the series was greenlit in 2021, with Oyelowo taking on the title role. Dennis Quaid has also been confirmed as part of the cast-list for the upcoming prequel spin-off.

The next “Yellowstone”-specific prequel, “1944,” was quietly announced in early February by one of Paramount’s executive vice presidents. The show is apparently going to be filmed in Bitterroot Valley, where the ranch used to house the Dutton Family sits. (RELATED: Two Major Updates Announced For The Next Series From ‘Yellowstone’ Creator)

Aside from the absolutely stratospheric popularity of “Yellowstone” and its multiple spin-off prequel series, the show has brought millions of dollars into Montana’s local economy. It’s no wonder that Sheridan has so many massive shows in development as part of his Sheridan-Universe with Paramount Network.