“I’ll probably go to court over it”: Kevin Costner Might Get into Legal Battle With ‘Yellowstone’ Over His $1.3 Million Per Episode Salary For Season 5

Kevin Costner Might Get into Legal Battle With ‘Yellowstone’ Over His $1.3 Million Per Episode Salary For Season 5
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Kevin Costner is one of the biggest stars in Hollywood. With equal fame in portraying iconic characters in both movies and television shows, the actor has had a plethora of projects to his name with the recent iconic series being Yellowstone.

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Before it was a success, Costner portrayed the role of John Dutton with a contract for a single season. With more seasons getting released, the actor earned a lavish paycheck. Well, with an incomplete contract and the actor finding himself in a dangerous situation during the midseason finale, Kevin Costner wants to take the matters into the court to sort out the financial aspect of his role!

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Kevin Costner as John Dutton in a still from Yellowstone
Kevin Costner as John Dutton in a still from Yellowstone

Kevin Costner Earned $1.3 Million Per Episode of Yellowstone

With Taylor Sheridan at the helm of the project as one of the key writers, Yellowstone depicts a tale of Native Americans and ranchers fighting over oil and other commodities. With an ensemble cast of several notable actors, Kevin Costner is at the center of it all as John Dutton.

Kevin Costner and Taylor Sheridan
Kevin Costner and Taylor Sheridan

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Being one of the most famous series on television in recent times, Yellowstone also offered Costner a hefty paycheck. With reports indicating high figures, it was reported by Variety, that Costner earned a whopping $1.3 million per episode of season 5 of Yellowstone. The season is currently during its middle segment as it reached the midseason climax which involves the lead actor.

Costner is currently going through a divorce proceeding with his wife Christine Baumgartner and during that trial, the documents from Kevin Costner’s side revealed that he has legal plans for the 2018 series as well. The Western drama is slowly turning into a reality for Costner since the actor had prior commitments to another project which led the producers of the series to betray him during the midseason climax of Yellowstone.

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Yellowstone Producers Rejected Kevin Costner’s Renegotiation Contract

Kevin Costner as John Dutton in Yellowstone
Kevin Costner as John Dutton in Yellowstone

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As per the documents, Kevin Costner had already been committed to a project titled Horizon: An American Saga. The actor had to adjust his timings to act in Yellowstone as well as the other project and for that he renegotiated his contract with the producers of the television series.

In a report by GMA, it is alleged that the actor’s renegotiation contract will come at a price of $12 million for the latter half of the series. This move was rejected by the producers of the series and that’s when Costner alleged that he might move ahead with the legal proceedings.

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“I will probably go to court over it. I will earn substantially less in 2023 than I did in 2022. This is because I am no longer under contract for Yellowstone, the principal source of my income last year,”

The actor also observed the lack of preparation for the latter half of season 5 of Yellowstone which may interfere with his schedule all the more. It’s not clear whether the actor truly means to take these matters to trial as the world awaits a response from the producers of Yellowstone and a legal move by Kevin Costner.

Yellowstone received a rating of 8.7/10 on IMDB and 84% on Rotten Tomatoes with Kevin Costner receiving quite fame around the world. The 2018 American series is available to stream on Peacock Premium in the U.S.

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Source: Variety, GMA

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Written by Visarg Acharya

Visarg Acharya, Associate Content Writer, has been heavily involved in movies, series, and history. Having an experience of 2 years in the field of content writing, Visarg is a seasoned writer. Having a degree in Physics, Visarg Acharya has published a dissertation alongside a plethora of poems and short stories along the way.