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Land Man - What We Know So Far

If you're a fan of "Yellowstone," you'll be pleased to know that the show's success has led to a fruitful creative partnership between Paramount and the series' co-creator and regular writer Taylor Sheridan. Sheridan has already developed programs like "The Mayor of Kingstown" and the "Yellowstone" prequel "1883" for the Paramount+ streaming platform. And now, multiple other Sheridan projects have been confirmed by Paramount, including a very intriguing upcoming show called "Land Man."

From what we know thus far, "Land Man" appears to have the potential to be another gripping drama in the vein of "Yellowstone," only instead of the cattle ranching business, it's set in the world of oil. An AV Club report on the project describes it as an "upstairs/downstairs story of roughnecks and billionaires set in West Texas in the world of oil rigs that are reshaping the climate and the economy." Per AV Club, the series is being developed for Paramount+, and Sheridan is listed as the creator and co-producer of the series. But given his track record thus far, we wouldn't be surprised if he ended up writing and directing at least some of the episodes, as well.

Here's what we know so far about "Land Man."

Land Man is based on a popular podcast and will star Billy Bob Thorton

"Land Man" was first teased back in 2021, when outlets like The Hollywood Reporter noted it as being in development alongside other Taylor Sheridan projects. We have since learned at least one big piece of information about the series: It will star Billy Bob Thorton in the leading role, described by the AV Club as "a crisis manager for an oil company." In a brief interview about the series, Sheridan revealed that he actually developed the role with Thorton in mind. This will be the second collaboration between the two after Thorton's stint as Marshal Jim Courtright on "1883."

Outside of the general synopsis and Thorton's involvement, we don't know much else about "Land Man" as of the time of writing. However, we can get an idea of what to expect thanks to the show's source material. Per Collider, "Land Man" is being adapted from the podcast "Boomtown" from Texas Monthly, which covers the oil industry in Texas. Time will tell exactly how much "Land Man" will take from "Boomtown," but there doesn't seem to be any shortage of dramatic incidents to draw from in the podcast's 11 episodes. The wide-ranging "Boomtown" covers everything from the history of the oil industry in the Permian Basin of West Texas to the culture that springs up around oil boomtowns to the dangers of the business itself. There's even a little bit of overlap with the subject matter of "Yellowstone," as one episode explores "the uneasy alliance between ranchers and the oil industry."

Fans will have to stay tuned to learn more about "Land Man" as production on the show proceeds. But if Sheridan's previous work is any indication, it's sure to be another big success for Paramount and its online streaming platform.