The Yellowstone prequel 1923, starring Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren, is getting double the episodes originally planned. In fact, the western series is getting eight more episodes for fans to enjoy.
Yellowstone prequel 1923 doubles up on episodes
According to The Wall Street Journal on Saturday, 1923 will be getting double the episodes originally planned for season 1. Moreover, filming of those additional episodes will start in the spring. This is great news for fans of the Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren Dutton backstory, with so much more to watch.
According to the report, producers want to “spread out their production costs and nearly double their supply of content.” Filming of the second batch of eight episodes is to start in the spring. Moreover, the eighth episode of 1923 is expected to debut on February 5, 2023.
Meanwhile, the first eight episodes cost $22 million each, while the additional eight are expected to cost $17 million per episode.
Additional episodes described as ‘more 1923’
While the report described the additional episodes as “more 1923,” the Yellowstone universe has sparked confusion before. However, that related to the first prequel, 1883. In fact, Paramount announced additional episodes of 1883 at an investor presentation last February. However, they stopped short of saying the prequel was renewed for season 2. At that time, Paramount also announced the second preview, which became 1923.
Moreover, the announcement came some weeks prior to the 1883 finale, where several main characters died. This was quick to raise confusion about how the Yellowstone prequel could continue.
At the time, David Glasser, executive producer for 1883, said fans shouldn’t expect a season 2 of the prequel. However, he did add that the story would continue. Moreover, he said the Yellowstone prequels could be thought of collectively as an anthology series.
Paramount and the Yellowstone franchise
So far, it is unknown if the case this time is more 1923, or another prequel. However, Paramount has made it clear that they are all in with the Yellowstone franchise and want more as quickly as possible.
To get an idea of the popularity, Yellowstone, which airs on Paramount Network, is currently the biggest series on cable. In fact, season five averaged 13 million viewers per episode. Previously, streaming rights for past seasons went to NBC Universal’s Peacock. However, now the channel has found a way to capitalize on the show with its own streaming service, Paramount+.
Its creator, Taylor Sheridan, struck a deal with Paramount+ to make more TV shows for the company. They so far include “Mayor of Kingstown,” “Tulsa King,” “1883,” and “1923,” all for Paramount+. Meanwhile, the streamer has said that 1923 was its biggest series debut yet.