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With its riveting portrayal of the Dutton family’s ranching empire and the myriad challenges they face, Yellowstone has garnered a massive following and spurred a series of prequels and spin-offs, each delving deeper into the rich tapestry of the show’s universe.
As this landscape expands, fans and newcomers alike may find themselves eager for a roadmap of every Yellowstone universe show.
This article is a comprehensive guide on every Yellowstone prequel and spin-off. We’ll guide you through what they are about, their release dates, what production stage they’re in, and all the latest news.
What Are the Yellowstone Spin-offs and Prequels?
Yellowstone has two prequel shows, 1883 and 1923. In addition to these two series, there are also three other confirmed spin-off shows in development: 6666, 1944, and 2024.
Before the recent delays, 2024 was set to debut in December 2023 after Yellowstone Season 5 Part 2 had finished airing. Now, it is set to air after the end of Yelllowstone, which returns in November 2024.
6666 has no confirmed release date, however, on IMDb, the series is listed to premiere in 2024.
As of now, there is no information available yet as to when 1944 will premiere. The series was first announced in February 2023. In addition, Sheridan is also said to be considering creating a prequel series set in the 1960s.
Yellowstone Spin-Off and Prequel Shows Release Dates
There is a chance that up to five existing and new Yellowstone Universe shows could be coming out in 2024 and 2025. Those are Yellowstone season 5 part 2 (after which the series will be ending), 2024, 1923 season 2, 6666, and 1944.
Below is an overview of the estimated release dates of every Yellowstone spinoff and prequel:
|Yellowstone Season 5 Part 2:
|2024 or 2025 (EST)
|1923 Season 2:
|Late 2024 – 2025 (EST)
The Writers Guild of America has delayed the production of Yellowstone, but the series will return in November 2024. Production is set to begin in the spring of 2024.
While Kevin Costner made news last year for leaving the series, he is reportedly once again trying to come to a deal with Sheridan. Costner would like to return for at least a few episodes to wrap up John Dutton’s storyline.
1883 is a Yellowstone prequel show thatpremiered in December 2021 and featured 10 episodes. The show follows the origins of how the Dutton family got their land and founded the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch.
James Dutton, his wife Margaret, and children Elsa and John, flee their life of poverty in Tennessee to get a fresh start.
The family travels to Forth Worth, Texas, where they join a European immigrant caravan headed to Oregon.
The caravan is led by Pinkerton Agency agent, former Union captain Shea Brannan, and his crew. Across the journey, the wagon train faces many hardships as the Great Plains are unforgiving.
After tragedy strikes the Dutton family, they decide to settle in Montana to establish what would eventually become the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch. It is the beginning of the Dutton’s story at their coveted ranch.
1923 Season 2
The next chapter in the story of the Dutton family is the Yellowstone prequel series 1923. While the series was first announced as 1932, the name was later changed to 1923.
1923 follows the next two generations of the Duttons as they navigate life through the early 20th century.
The show deals with many struggles of that time, including drought, lawlessness, cattle theft, and prohibition. All this occurs under the cloud of Montana’s great depression, which predated the nation by nearly a decade.
The show takes place not only in Montana but in Africa as well where Spencer Dutton is working as a hunter. The series is set to be a follow-up to 1883.
1923 premiered in December 2022 and is available to watch on Paramount+. The series stars Harrison Ford, Helen Mirren, James Badge Dale, Jerome Flynn, Jennifer Ehle, and Robert Patrick.
1923 has already been renewed for season 2. It is set to include eight episodes just like the first season.
There is no official confirmation as to when 6666 will premiere; however, in June 2023, Sheridan announced that production for 6666 had been put on hold. It now looks likely the series will air sometime in 2024.
Currently, there is no information available as to what stage of production 6666 is in as of now. There is no indication as to how many episodes the series will have, but some predict that there will be 10.
Unlike the other Yellowstone spinoffs, 6666 is set to air on the Paramount Network.
The show will follow the legendary Four Sixes Ranch in Texas, which still operates today as it did two centuries ago. The ranch is home to world-class cowboys and some of the finest horses and cattle in the nation.
Rumors are going around that 6666 will star Yellowstone’s very own Jimmy Hurdstram (Jefferson White) and Walker (Ryan Bingham).
There is also a good chance that Jimmy’s fiance, Emily (Kathryn Kelly), will also be in the show.
The newest addition to the world of Yellowstone is 1944. There is no confirmation yet as to when 1944 will premiere, but it likely won’t be until late 2024 or 2025.
At the moment, very little is known about the production of 1944. The series was announced on February 5, 2023, by Tom Prince, the executive vice president of 101 Studios. According to Prince, the series is already in the works.
There is no information available yet as to the plot of 1944. However, it is likely to follow the Duttons as they navigate life through the hardships brought on by WWII.
No cast has been revealed yet for 1944. However, there is the possibility that Kurt Russell could be taking on the lead role.
Following in the footsteps of Yellowstone is the upcoming prequel series 2024. 2024 is set to premiere shortly after the end of Yellowstone, either in late 2024 or 2025.
Not much is known about the plot of 2024, except that it will be the next chapter in the story of the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch. It is likely that the series will have a whole new cast, though there is a possibility that some members of the cast of Yellowstone will join the new series.
Currently, Kelly Reilly, Cole Hauser, and Luke Grimes are seeking pay raises to continue their roles as Beth, Rip, and Kayce in 2024. If an agreement can’t be reached, it is likely the stars won’t return to reprise their parts in the sequel series.
In addition to 1944, Taylor Sheridan has hinted at the potential of another prequel taking place in the 1960s. Sheridan wants a series on every Dutton generation from 1883 to modern-day Yellowstone.
While little information is revealed about the potential series, it will likely deal with the struggles the Duttons faced on the ranch during the 1960s while also intertwining with current events of the time.
In the series, we would likely get a deeper look at the Dutton family tree. There is a good chance we would learn about John Dutton’s parents while seeing them run the ranch.
The 1960s show would also likely give viewers a look at John’s childhood. Fans could finally learn more about his childhood.
Rumors also reveal that Kurt Russell is said to be joining the world of Yellowstone. He is said to be the lead man for a new spin-off series.
As of now, it is unclear what series Russell will be joining. There is a chance he could be taking on a lead role in 1944 or the 1960s series. According to Giant Freakin Robot, Russell will not be starring in 6666.
There is also the possibility that Russell may be joining a whole new series that has not been revealed yet. It is clear that Sheridan is ambitious and could very well already be planning another Yellowstone spin-off featuring Russell.