“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.