‘Wind River’ Sequel Might Be Making A Huge Mistake That Could Destroy Its Legacy

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The sequel to Taylor Sheridan’s iconic film “Wind River” is apparently making a major mistake, reports suggested Friday.

Sheridan is not involved at all with the sequel to his hit movie, according to ScreenRant, which is a pretty big worry. Anyone who follows Sheridan’s hit works, like “Yellowstone,” “Tulsa King,” “Sicario” and “1883,” knows he sets himself apart from all other creatives with his epic ability with dialogue and direction.

The biggest reason for Sheridan’s success is not action, though. It’s tension. He gets you addicted to his work through intelligent scripts that always show instead of tell, and builds a rapport between viewer and character that makes you feel like their shadow. But in projects where Sheridan doesn’t have much say or involvement in the script, things tend to falter.

A prime example is the ultra-superb “Lawmen: Bass Reeves,” which is an excellent series, but the dialogue is nowhere near the caliber provided by all of Sheridan’s other works. Sheridan serves as an executive producer on the series though, which is why it’s still visually and emotionally great. But it ain’t no “Sicario.”

“Wind River: The Next Chapter” was written by John Zinman and Patrick Massett. Instead of being developed by Sheridan and 101 Studios (his typical development partners, amongst a few others), Castle Rock Entertainment, Thunder Road Pictures and Acacia Filmed Entertainment are taking it on.

My gut feeling says they’ll never quite reach the standard set by Sheridan, but I’m willing to watch it if they try. (RELATED: Huge Stars Line Up For Roles In ‘Wind River’ Sequel)

The original “Wind River” film followed Jeremy Renner as a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tracker, tasked with helping an FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) solve a murder on the Wind River Indian Reservation, located in Wyoming. The movie was a massive critical success but was released by the Weinstein Company right as its founder, Harvey Weinstein, was finally being prosecuted for gross sexual abuse against a multitude of women. Following Weinstein’s downfall, Sheridan and 101 Studios’ David Glasser took the film back from the organization, so the pervert’s name will never appear in the works ever again.