Tinseltown in Cowtown
Taylor Sheridan, creator of hit TV show Yellowstone and its prequel 1883, is coming back to Fort Worth this fall to film his newest spinoff, 1883: Bass Reeves.
Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker announced the show’s film location during her State of the City address on Thursday, September 29.
The new six-part series will be a sequel to 1883, about the titular character, a former slave who became one of the first Black U.S. deputy marshals west of the Mississippi River in 1875. Reeves, who will be played by British actor David Oyelowo, is said to have killed 14 outlaws and apprehended more than 3,000 criminals during his time as a marshal.
Reeves is also believed to have been the inspiration for the fictional character the Lone Ranger.
“To look at a character like Bass Reeves, I mean this is the guy the Lone Ranger was based on, who got white washed out of history,” Oyelowo said in a teaser for the show shared on Instagram by Fort Worth Film and Visit Fort Worth. “I just can’t wait to get on that horse and tell this story.”
Taylor Sheridan with wife Nicole at the 1883 premiere. Getty Images
Sheridan is an honorary Fort Worthian who attended Pascal High School and lives on a ranch in Weatherford.
This is not his first project in Cowtown. 1883 was filmed in Fort Worth, partially in the Stockyards, in 2021 - much to local spectators' delight. Mitch Whitten, the chief operating officer of Visit Fort Worth, told WFAA that the show “put a new spotlight” on the Stockyards.
Powered by the success of 1883 and Yellowstone, Fort Worth recently shot onto a prestigious list of top filmmaking cities for first time.
Filming for Bass Reeves will begin in October and bring millions of dollars to the local economy, Parker said during her State of the City address. The show will continue to put Fort Worth on the map, she added.
Tim McGraw on set during the local filming of 1883. Facebook Hank FM
In November, Sheridan will be presented the prestigious the 2022 Larry McMurtry Award at the Lone Star Film Festival Gala in Fort Worth. In 2023, he will receive the state's highest honor for achievement in the arts, a Texas Medal of Arts Award.
With his new show, Sheridan said he plans to “reinvent the wheel again.”
“We’re in an interesting time in scripted drama in TV because everyone is attempting to find this new way in to tell a story,” Sheridan said in the Instagram teaser. “And I’ve done it in all my shows, where I looked at a forgotten part of the American experience.”