Matthew McConaughey Spin-Off Confirmed By ‘Yellowstone’ Universe

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Paramount officially confirmed in March that a “Yellowstone” spin-off series led by A-lister Matthew McConaughey is happening.

The news was quietly announced during an interview with the head of Paramount Media Networks Chris McCarthy, conducted by The Hollywood Reporter. Rumors about McConaughey joining the “Yellowstone” franchise in some way have been circulating around for a couple of months as tensions rise between the show’s lead, Kevin Costner, and its creator, Taylor Sheridan.

McCarthy claimed he had no updates on the off-screen drama at “Yellowstone,” except for saying that the show “wouldn’t be what it is today without Kevin and we hope that that stays for a long time to come.” Oh, and that the show we’ve all been waiting for is officially happening, regardless of how things play out with Costner.

The McConaughey project is one of more than 10 between McCarthy and Sheridan. Others include “Yellowstone” spin-off prequels like “1923,” which is set for a second season return. Sheridan is also developing “Bass Reeves,” a similar spin-off style prequel, but based on the very real first black U.S.  marshal of the title name. (RELATED: Stunning Updates In ‘Yellowstone’ Off-Screen Saga Will Have Fans Stressed As Heck)

Then we have my personal favorite show from Sheridan, “Tulsa King,” which is almost too clever for its own good (seriously, the only people I’ve met who don’t like it are far from the sharpest tools in the shed). We also have “Lioness” and “Land Man” on our radar, which follow contemporary themes of politics, social decline and the same intellectual drama we’re used to from Sheridan.