While we're all worried about what the future of Yellowstone holds for Kevin Costner's John Dutton on the Paramount Network, the star has been busy working on another TV show. But this time, he's helping to write and develop the series himself in partnership with A+E Studios and Disney's 20th Television. We know Costner is a skilled filmmaker based on his Oscar-winning Dances With Wolves, so we can't wait to see this new project.
The series will follow the Investigative Services Branch of the National Parks Service and the heinous crimes they solve as they work on protecting the national monuments within the park borders. The series actually got pushed back a year during the 2020 pandemic but now has an official pilot order. Costner wrote the new series with showrunner Aaron Helbing, known for his work on The Flash, and Jon Baird. Anthony Hemingway will be executive producing and directing the pilot episode.
"This project came from a long running friendship with Tana Jamieson of A+E Studios," Costner said in a press release. "We had previously developed a project together and when she asked me to work with her on this, her passion for the project made it an easy decision for me. I am excited to be working with ABC because of their history of breaking new ground and for their strong support of our creative vision."
For all you Yellowstone fans concerned about what this means, we have some good news. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Costner doesn't actually have an acting role in the new series. It seems pretty likely that his epic story on Dutton Ranch will continue on the Paramount Network while he works on his new show behind the scenes. One thing we can expect is undoubtedly incredible scenery in National Parks similar to Yellowstone as the park rangers work in some of the most beautiful mountain ranges in North America.
If you've been a longtime fan of National Geographic, Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan's The National Parks: America's Best Idea on PBS, or honestly just visiting stunning places like the Grand Canyon, Alaska, Yosemite, or the Great Smoky Mountains, you'll most likely love this new show. It sounds like Yellowstone meets NCIS which is a definite winner in our book!