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News first broke about the Yellowstone prequel 1944 on February 5, 2023. Paramount Network officials gathered at the Hamilton Montana City Hall thank-you event to announce the exciting news.
While discussing the benefits filming Yellowstone and 1923 has brought to Montana, they revealed the new prequel is in the works. On November 2, 2023, Paramount Network officials officially confirmed 1944.
In addition to 1944, a sequel series titled 2024 was also announced. Despite Yellowstone coming to an end after five seasons, the story of the Duttons will live on.
“The global success of Yellowstone continues to thrill and excite us at 101 Studios and Bosque Ranch. This has been such an exhilarating ride with our partners at MTV Entertainment Studios and we can’t wait to bring 1944 and 2024 to audiences everywhere,” said David Glasser, CEO, 101 Studios.
According to Deadline, the story of Dutton’s ranching empire will expand to both the past and present with “new locations and characters” in addition to “some crossover characters.”
When Will 1944 Be Out?
1944 has no official release date and is still in development. Along with many shows, including Yellowstone, the series likely faced delays because of the writers’ strike.
We can expect that 1944 won’t premiere until after the end of 1923. As the release date for 1923 season 2 has not yet been revealed, it is likely that 1944 won’t premiere until late 2024 or even 2025.
What Could 1944 Be About?
While there is no information about 1944 besides the title, the plot of the show will likely deal with the impacts WWII had on America.
We will likely see how the Duttons managed to keep their ranch afloat during one of the hardest times in history.
There are plenty of possibilities of what life could have been like for the Duttons in the 1940s as they ran the Yellowstone Ranch.
Maybe some Dutton men will fight in the war, leaving the woman to run the ranch. It’s also a possibility the ranch flourished during Montana’s agricultural boom caused by WWII.
Hopefully, more information will be available soon regarding the plot of 1944.
As of now, we don’t know any cast members for 1944. However, there is a good possibility that we could see some of the same cast as 1923.
The most likely characters from 1923 that would appear in 1944 include Spencer Dutton (Brandon Skelnar), Alexandra Dutton (Julia Schlaepfer), Jack Dutton (Darren Mann), and Elizabeth Dutton (Michelle Randolph).
We are sure to see several fresh faces as well in the series. Perhaps we will finally learn who John Dutton’s parents are as we dive deeper into the Dutton legacy.
The Impact Yellowstone and its Prequels Have on Montana
With such wide-found success, Yellowstone and its prequel series have had a big impact on Montana.
Montana tourism officials have found that the filming of Yellowstone in Darby, Hamilton and Missoula has had a major impact on the state’s tourism economy. A study found that Yellowstone brought an estimated 2.1 million visitors and $730 million in spending to Montana in 2021.
“We spent $75 million last year just in the Bitterroot Valley on housing in hotels, and wages and bars. We also do a little television series called ‘1923’ that was shooting in Butte. We’re going to draw up about the same amount of money up there.” said Prince.
In addition to the money being spent on production in Montana, the series is also hiring Montanans to work on set.
Montana filmmaker Lynn-Wood Fields started the Media Training Center two years ago pit out of Missoula. The center partners with Accelerate Montana to develop training programs for those interested in working in the film industry.
“It’s a big deal that Montana has the No. 1 television show in the nation filming in our backyard. We also have over 100-plus productions that film besides that, all across the Hi-Line to Browning, and across the state, so we’re seeing benefit in film all over,” said Fields.
The addition of 1944 is big news for Montana, as it would further the benefits the state has seen from Yellowstone and 1923.
Stay tuned for more updates on 1944 once they are revealed.