Yellowstone creator Taylor Sheridan has become a major player in Hollywood over the past decade. The former Sons of Anarchy star has transitioned into a prominent writer/director and western storyteller. Which resulted in a nine-figure deal with CBS Viacom that he signed earlier this year.
Sheridan now has multiple projects in the works, including two Yellowstone spinoffs. He also just bought one of the biggest ranches in the world. So, what does he plan to do with it?
One ‘Yellowstone’ spinoff is based on a real-life Texas ranch
Among the numerous dramas that Sheridan has in various stages of production for Paramount+, one is the Yellowstone spinoff 6666. The series was inspired by the real-life Four Sixes Ranch in Texas — one of the largest ranches in the United States. The massive property spans 266,000 acres — which is bigger than the entire city of San Antonio — and has a history that dates back to 1870.
According to Wide Open Country, that’s when Samuel “Burk” Burnett purchased 100 heads of cattle and gave them the 6666 brand. The ranch stayed in his family until 2020, when his great-granddaughter Anne Windfohr Marion passed away. In her will, she left instructions for the ranch to be sold.
Taylor Sheridan just bought the Four Sixes Ranch
Following Marion’s instructions, the Four Sixes was put on the market for $347.7 million. The listing covered three ranch properties located on land outside of Lubbock, Amarillo, and the Texas Panhandle.
According to The Texas Spur, the property was recently sold. And the Yellowstone creator was “the face of the group that purchased the historic ranch.”
“Sheridan is the face of the buyer group,” broker Chas. S. Middleton revealed. “It’s all one deal, 266,000 acres with all three ranches . . . cattle, horses, equipment, furniture, brand, name, everything.”
Middleton added that the new owners intend to continue operating the Four Sixes as a working ranch. They’ve also offered continued employment to all current employees.
The ‘Yellowstone’ creator says the Four Sixes Ranch is vital to Texas’ ‘rich heritage of ranching’
Sheridan wouldn’t comment specifically about the “pending transaction.” But he did make it clear that the legacy of the Four Sixes Ranch and Miss Marion’s vision for it are “vital not only to the ranch itself, but the rich heritage of ranching in Texas.” He also revealed that the ranch will be featured on Yellowstone.
“This legacy is so important to me I chose to highlight it in the upcoming season of Yellowstone and will continue to further the legacy and preserve its operations in a manner consistent with that great vision,” Sheridan said.
Will Taylor Sheridan’s ranch be the filming location for ‘6666’?
Sheridan has not revealed the specifics about his 6666 spinoff. But we do know from the Paramount Network’s series description that it’s the location of some of the finest cattle and quarter horses in the world.
“Still operating as it did two centuries before, and encompassing an entire county, the 6666 is where the rule of law and the laws of nature merge in a place where the most dangerous thing one does is the next thing,” the 6666 series description reads.
Since Sheridan just bought the property — and shot part of Yellowstone season 4 at the location — it’s logical to assume that the Four Sixes Ranch will be the filming location for the new spinoff. But that has yet to be confirmed.
When will the ‘Yellowstone’ spinoff premiere?
The Yellowstone spinoff is still in the early stages of development, and 6666 is just a working title. No release window has been set for the new series. But, we do know that it won’t appear on the Paramount Network. Instead, it will be available on Paramount+.
When 6666 does premiere, Sheridan feels a responsibility to properly represent his home state of Texas. He says “there’s a sense of class and confidence” that he thinks “every Texan seems to embody.”
“And along with that, a respect for others, regardless of whether they agree with you or not. You respect their ability to disagree or agree,” Sheridan said.
Yellowstone seasons 1 through 3 are available on Peacock. Season 4 is expected to premiere in November on the Paramount Network.