‘Yellowstone’s Taylor Sheridan To Direct First Two Episodes Of ‘Bass Reeves’; David Oyelowo Discusses Playing The Enslaved Man-Turned Legendary Lawman

Specific: yellowstone Co-Producer and Audience Taylor Sheridan will direct the first two episodes of bass reevesStarring a six-part limited series David Oyelowo As the famous Wild West lawman.

After the pilot script came out, Sheridan took a break from his busy schedule, and Sheridan was so impressed that he called Oyelowo, who persuaded him to get behind the camera. “The reality is that [Taylor] One of the best directors on the planet,” Oyelowo told Deadline.

With Sheridan directing those two early episodes, Oyelowo said, “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 one of them bunch, so that it doesn’t lack for top-flight black directors.”

The news was heartily welcomed by guests who attended a dinner at London’s Chiltern Firehouse on Tuesday, hosted by Chris McCarthy, President and CEO of Paramount Media Networks and MTV Entertainment Studios, and David Glasser, CEO of Series Producers. 101 studio,

Glasser revealed Sheridan’s new assignment during remarks at a dinner hosted to introduce Paramount+ to 150 members of London’s entertainment community. The service started streaming in the UK and Ireland on Wednesday. Sheridan didn’t come, because he’s somewhere in a field, most comfortable with planting, shepherding, and writing.

The program was attended by special guests George and Tammy Stars Michael Shannon And Jessica Chastain, yellowstone‘s Kevin Costner, 1883‘s high trust And team mcgraw, Oyelowo, and Sylvester Stallone. he will star in Tulsa KingAnd an attempt was made to launch an international rollout of the Paramount+ streaming service.

Oyelowo regales those at his desk with a video of his growing prowess as a horseman. He is getting well enough to prepare to do justice to Reeves, who is said to have arrested thousands and killed 14 outlaws who challenged him. Crimes ranged from horse theft to arresting his own son for the murder of his wife. Reeves is considered the inspiration for the Lone Ranger. He patrolled the Wild West at the time 1883 was set.

In a night full of speeches, Oyelowo delivered one of the most passionate, thanks to finally being able to bring to life a series he tried to mount for a decade. turn. He commended his relationship with Paramount over the years, reminding him and other studios and streamers that “this is the opportunity we now have to speak to a global majority with a global minority as a global minority to shape the narrative.” The opposite is to the world.”

He added that streaming gatekeepers “are now looking at the data and algorithms that suggest so many people are looking at projects and stories told by black and brown people, for black and brown people that the whole world is assimilating, including white people.” Still working.”

David Oyelowo at the Firehouse of Chiltern, London

Afterwards, he told Deadline: “We were talking a lot about global storytelling last night and I think one of the great things about streaming is that it democratized storytelling in a way Granted, traditionally, you have studios and studio heads who are basically solving the world with their own bias in terms of the types of stories and the people who lead those stories. Those stories have a global impact but They are not representatives of the world themselves.”

in view of the success of squid game On Netflix, Oyelowo called it “a foreign-language Korean series”. [has proved that] The idea that black and brown, or something else, doesn’t travel, is a lie! So now we’re able to take that raw data and say, these are the stories we want to tell. ,

He warned streamers: “You’re on notice because the world is watching.”

Sheridan is the executive producer bass reeves With Oyelowo, Jessica Oyelowo, David Parmut, Glasser, Ron Berkeley and Bob Yari. MTV Entertainment Studios, Sheridan’s Bosque Ranch Productions, Oyelowos’s Yoruba Saxon Production Company and 101 Studios are producing.

bass reeves Charts the life of the famous lawmaker since he was born into slavery. He escaped his captivity after the Civil War, as Oyelowo explained, to live in Indian territories where he learned the languages ​​and tracking skills he used as a deputy marshal for the police in those areas.” who were incredibly lawless,” the actor said.

“The mortality rate of being a deputy marshal then was so high that he had 3,000 arrests — and a career that spanned his 60s — were things that were just unimaginable,” Oyelowo told Deadline.

(LR) Sam Elliott, Taylor Sheridan
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Oyelowo said Sheridan read the pilot script bass reeves, “Decided to drop everything as my fellow executive producer on the project and to direct the first two episodes because he was excited about what we were coming up with.”

Actor, who played Dr. Martin Luther King Selmarevealed that six days ago Sheridan sent him a text expressing his desire to direct two episodes. “I was here in London. I wasn’t expecting one from him. I opened the text and said in it, ‘I love the script. I hope you don’t mind if I direct it, sir? ‘”

Laughing, Oyelowo said: “I was like, let me think about it!”

He continued: “He called me ‘Sir,’ it’s a Southern thing. I think he was just being polite. He asked, which I appreciated. The reality is that he’s one of the best storytellers on the planet.” My whole point is that we have to tell a story worthy of that history, but worthy of a global audience and he’s one of those rare people, and I’ve worked with some of them, and he’s one of those rare people. One that can actually do this. It’s a big deal.”

He continued: “For me, it’s definitely a big deal. Especially since I went out with it twice and the whole industry didn’t ask for the idea of ​​telling the story.”

Reeves, Oyelowo said, is the historical figure on which the Lone Ranger was based. “But, obviously, the white-washing meant we had a very different character than Bass Reeves.”

Guests invited to Tuesday’s dinner in London include Christopher McQuarrie, Claudia Winkman, Dougre Scott, Elizabeth McGovern, Ellie Bamber, Emily Beacham, Gala Gordon, Greta Bellamasina, Jason Isaacs, Jolie Richardson, Lord Fellows, Kate Sumner, Kit Connor, Chris Thikier were involved. Louis Theroux, Malachi Kirby, Mark Strong, Max Harwood, Nicholas Pennock, Ol Parker, Ruth Wilson, Sabine Getty, Sheila Atim and Pẹ́ Dirisu. Filmmakers Gurinder Chaddha, Rupert Gould and Simon Curtis also participated, as did several other movers and shakers.