'1923' Season 2 Will Begin Filming in July

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Everything We Know About '1923' Season 2Emerson Miller
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Yellowstone may be ending, but Taylor Sheridan’s Dutton universe continues to expand. What began with one show following the dramas of the modern-day Dutton family on their Montana ranch, now features multiple spin-offs, including a forthcoming second season of 1923, the Helen Mirren and Harrison Ford-fronted prequel series following an earlier generation of Duttons establishing their roots in the American west.

Ahead of the finale of season one, Paramount+ confirmed that the show, which "explores the early twentieth century when pandemics, historic drought, and the end of Prohibition all plague the mountain west, and the Duttons who call it home," will be coming back for another chapter.

Here, everything we know so far about the show's season two:

A premiere date has yet to be announced.

Given how many projects Sheridan currently has in the works, which range from other Yellowstone-related series like 6666 and 1944 to original shows like Mayor of Kingstown, Tulsa King, and Landman, it seemed uncertain when the show could finally make a return, though a May 2024 report confirms that production is planned to start in July 2024. Given that timeline, it's possible that the series could premiere later this year, or potentially early in 2025.

As yet, no official announcement has been made on the show's debut.

Production is moving to Texas for season 2.

When season 2 was originally announced, it was planned that the series would return to Butte, Montana, where the first outing was filmed. The Butte Civic Center was contracted to serve as a sound stage for the production when it was originally set to begin filming in June 2023, but ended their agreement with the show over the summer due to ongoing production delays caused by the strikes of the actors' and writers' guilds. According to previous reports, the series was paying the township $75,000 per month for use of the Civic Center through the end of the 2023 calendar year, and had already requested an extension on their contract when production was first delayed in May 2023.

Though it was later reported by NBC Montana that the show would, indeed, return to Butte for at least part of its filming, in May 2024 a story from the Austin Business Journal revealed that production would instead be centered at ATX Film Studios in Texas. According to J.P. Gallagher, the chief executive of Butte-Silver Bow County in Montana, the move was due, in part, to tax incentives.

According to a later report, production is slated to begin in July 2024, and run through September. While there will reportedly be filming locations across Texas, Austin will serve as the production's headquarters.

1923 season 2 will be the show's last.

When asked about the possibility of future seasons, Brandon Sklenar, who stars on the series as the war-haunted big game hunter Spencer Dutton, told the Hollywood Reporter that the show will come to a definite conclusion at the end of season 2.

"No, no, it's bookend. [The series is] still limited, but I think of it as one piece—there’s just a split in the middle, but it’s all one piece. It will conclude," he said.

Both Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren appear to have confirmed their return.

While Paramount+ has not yet officially released any details on the cast for the second season of the series, in December 2022, Sheridan appeared to off-handedly confirmed that the show's two biggest names will be heading back to the ranch for more. When asked if it was difficult to get Ford and Mirren to sign on for season two, Sheridan told Deadline, "They were excited. They only signed on originally for one season. They were so eager to continue it."

In a February 2023 interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Ford seemingly echoed the sentiment. Speaking about his work on 1923 as well as the Apple TV+ series Shrinking, Ford said, "[Shrinking] came along, and then, very quickly after that, 1923 came along. I took the job without a script on both of them, on faith that the people who created the projects were going to deliver me a good script. I really didn’t realize how much work 1923 was going to be, and I absolutely feel it’s worth it. I’m excited to do another season of both."

Mirren likewise told Deadline that the news of a second season was "very happy news as far as I was concerned." She added, "I’m fascinated to see where Cara is going to go. Taylor did say she is very much of her era, she’s looking after the house. That is what her job is. But then he said, 'Wait, things are going to happen.' So we’ll see."

As for working with Ford, Mirren opened up about her affection for her co-star during a Deadline Contenders TV panel. "Harrison is just so… I mean I've worked with him before, many many years ago we played husband and wife in a film called Mosquito Coast," she said. "He's just such a beautiful person I have to say It was so great to come back and it was as if the thirty years just hadn't existed and here we were together again as husband and wife. I just can't say too much about Harrison really, in the sense of my love for him because I think he's just fantastic as a person."

Season one starred not only Ford and Mirren, but also Brandon Sklenar, Darren Mann, Michelle Randolph, Aminah Nieves, Jerome Flynn and Julia Schlaepfer. It's likely many of these actors will return for a new season, but nothing has been confirmed yet, so there's still plenty of speculation ahead.

At the Golden Globes in January 2024, Brandon Sklenar, who plays Spencer Dutton, gave an exciting update, basically confirming his return and saying his character will cross paths with Helen Mirren and Harrison Ford's Cara and Jacob Dutton. "I haven't gotten to act with them yet. I will in the last eight episodes that we're about to start," he said. "It's happening, and I'm stoked, I'm excited."

Taylor Sheridan views season two as "the second half" of season one.

Season two, Sheridan told Deadline, is really "the second half" of season one, and will wrap up the story. He explained, "This one is different than 1883 where I had the whole thing blocked out in my head. This one, I had no idea what I was going to do. I just went on a journey myself and I’m the one that made the call to the network, which is probably the greatest call they ever got. Hey, I need to make more episodes to finish this story. I need to do this in two blocks. An eight episode block and a second eight episode block to wrap this up. I can’t wrap it up in two episodes and do the story justice. For them, it is great because they get more content. For me, I get more runway."

We'll continue to update this post as more information is made public.

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