Although we’ve known for some time that Taylor Sheridan was involved with the project as the series’ creator and executive producer, a recent report from Deadline indicates that Sheridan is now directing several episodes of 1883: The Bass Reeves Story According to the article, Sheridan was so in love with the series’ pilot script that he texted Oyelowo to ask if he could direct the first two episodes. Although it’s unclear exactly who is writing the series, Does this news mean that Sheridan will now simultaneously produce and direct the series – which is certainly a daunting task considering all the other projects Sheridan has planned.
As longtime “Yellowstone” fans know, Sheridan is no stranger to directing. He has previously worked behind the camera for the pilot episode of “1883,” two episodes of “Mayor of Kingstown,” and 11 separate episodes of “Yellowstone” (via IMDb). Sheridan has also directed films such as Those Who Wish Me Dead, Vile and Wind River.
Considering that Sheridan is already working on seven upcoming television series, his commitment to direct two episodes of 1883: The Bass Reeves Story is a great endorsement of the series’ quality and demonstrates his passion for the series. In any case, one has to hope that Sheridan manages to tell Bass Reeves’ story in a way that lives up to his legendary reputation – now that he’s behind the camera he has a great shot at it.