Kevin Costner’s attorney is refuting claims the actor has made things difficult in the latest season of Paramount’s hit show, “Yellowstone.”
Attorney Marty Singer denied that the actor shortened the amount of time he was willing to work on location in Montana.
“The idea that Kevin was only willing to work one week on the second half of Season 5 of Yellowstone is an absolute lie,” Singer told Puck in a story published Tuesday. “It’s ridiculous — and anyone suggesting it shouldn’t be believed for one second.”
The remarks follow rumors from earlier this month that Costner, who stars as the ranch owner John Dutton on the series, may be leaving the show due to issues surrounding “disagreements over shooting schedules,” as first reported by Deadline.
The report also claimed that showrunner Taylor Sheridan plans to potentially wrap “Yellowstone” in its current form and launch a franchise that would continue the Dutton family’s story and possibly star Matthew McConaughey.
A Paramount spokesperson also told Deadline that, while they did not have any news on Costner’s status, they would “love to partner” with actor McConaughey as the series continues.
“We have no news to report,” Paramount said in a recent statement to CNN.
The story published by Puck explained that the plan for Season 5 of the award-winning series had expanded from 10 to 16 episodes, but that Costner had previously negotiated his shooting window down in a way that would complicate production.
“As everyone who knows anything about Kevin is well aware, he is incredibly passionate about the show and has always gone way above and beyond to ensure its success,” Singer continued in his quote to Puck.
“As we previously stated, Kevin has been a key component of the success of our Yellowstone series, and we hope that continues from here on out,” a Paramount spokesperson said.
Paramount did not respond immediately Wednesday to a request for comment.
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