After the dramatic conclusion of 1883, Paramount announced that Taylor Sheridan was going to be put hard to work on a number of new shows under the Yellowstoneumbrella of shows.
And when fans were looking for a sequel to 1883,they announced that there would only be one season of the show and that a new show titled 1932 (now changed to 1923) would essentially be the second chapter of the Yellowstone prequel story.
They did however, promise a few “bonus episodes” of 1883, which we now know will be in the form a side story about legendary Black lawman, Bass Reeves.
The six-part series will star David Oyelowo as Reeves, a legendary lawman of the wild west, who’s known as one of the greatest frontier heroes in American history, and is believed to be the inspiration behind The Lone Ranger.
Reeves worked as a federal peace officer in the Indian Territory during the post-reconstruction era, capturing more than 3,000 of the most dangerous criminals of that time period, without ever being wounded.
And according to Deadline, Taylor Sheridan is going to direct the first two episodes of the limited-series.
And Oyelowo admits that he had to think about it when Taylor asked if he could direct the first two episodes:
“I opened the text and it said, ‘I love the script. I hope you don’t mind if I direct it, sir?’ I was like, ‘let me think about it.’
He did call me ‘sir’, that’s a Southern thing. I think he was just being polite. He did ask, which I appreciated. The reality is that he is one of the best storytellers on the planet.
My whole thing is that we’ve got to tell a story worthy of that history, but worthy of a global audience and he’s one of those rare guys, and I’ve worked with a few of them, and he’s one of those rare ones who can really do that. It’s a big deal.”
However, he adds that he would like a Black director to finish the job:
“We have to populate the show with a bunch of Black people to make sure that going forward the next Taylors are Black and brown and that there’s a bunch of them, so that it doesn’t become a scarcity of the top-flight Black directors.”
But aside from the directing, it’s the story of Bass Reeves that’s compelling. A story that is… well, unheard of:
“The mortality rate of being a deputy marshal back then was so high that the fact that he had 3,000 arrests, and a career that spanned into his 60s, these were things that were just unthinkable.”
There’s still no word on the release date for 1883: The Bass Reeves Story, but it looks like Daniel made it to cowboy camp.