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Last month, Yellowstone producers unveiled their newest project, 1944, during an event celebrating the franchise’s impact on Montana tourism. According to Tom Prince, executive vice president of production at 101 Studios, the project is a follow-up to 1923, which recently aired its Season 1 finale.

“Of course, we’ve got 1923, we’ve got the sequel, we’re not letting the cat out of the bag, it’s going to be called ‘1944,’” Prince said. “My guess is that it’ll be shooting largely in the Bitterroot Valley because it has to take place at what is Chief Joseph Ranch.”

The Chief Joseph Ranch serves as the multi-generational heartbeat of both 1923 and the original Yellowstone. Since 1923 uses historical details like the affects of Prohibition and the Great Depression, so does this mean 1944 will do the same? How will the Duttons handle war and the economic boom that followed?

While producers have announced nothing about the show besides a name and an era, sources hint that Paramount will want a box office-quality actor like Harrison Ford to play a central character. But if we’ve learned anything from 1923, the Dutton clan is portrayed by a strong ensemble cast.

“So this is our third year coming up to Montana,” Prince said. “We came out two years ago when we moved out of Utah. We used to shoot at 75-80% in Utah for the first three seasons, and we’d come up to Montana to shoot the Chief Joseph Ranch. When COVID hit, Utah pulled their rebates and Taylor Sheridan said, let’s move the whole thing up to Montana. And I don’t think it’s a surprise the viewership has spiked.”

1944 isn’t the only spinoff Taylor Sheridan has set his eyes on! Check out all that may be coming HERE.