Sylvester Stallone is unsure whether he will return for Tulsa King season 2, claiming that the first season’s arduous workload was comparable to that of a feature film.
Despite receiving positive feedback for his work on the show, Sylvester Stallone is unsure whether he will return for a possible Tulsa King season 2. The new Paramount+ series, which premiered on November 13, follows the Rocky star as a New York Mafia capo who is sent to the unlikeliest of places – Tulsa, Oklahoma – to build an entirely new criminal enterprise from the ground up after serving 25 years in prison. Tulsa King, created by Yellowstone’s Taylor Sheridan and showrunner Terence Winter of The Sopranos, has a bright future ahead of it, but it’s unclear if its lead star, Sylvester Stallone, is committed long-term.
During a recent interview with Variety, Stallone expressed reservations about returning for a possible Tulsa King season 2, which has yet to be officially renewed by Paramount+. Stallone, who is directing his first scripted television show with the crime thriller, was taken aback by how time-consuming television is compared to filmmaking and is unsure whether he wants to commit to more seasons of the mafia series. Stallone stated the following:
More Movie Stars Are Taking TV Roles
Stallone appeared as a guest star on television shows such as Police Story, Kojak, and, more recently, This Is Us in the 1970s. Prior to Tulsa King, he had never played a leading role in a scripted television series in his 50-year acting career. Stallone’s recent shift from blockbuster filmmaking to television is part of a larger trend in Hollywood, with movie stars increasingly taking on TV roles in recent years.
Other big-screen stars are turning to television and seeing some of their best results yet. Taylor Sheridan, who also drew Kevin Costner to the small screen for the massive Yellowstone franchise, recently brought Jeremy Renner to the small screen in Mayor Of Kingstown, another Paramount+ series created by Taylor Sheridan. Michael Keaton won an Emmy for his performance in Hulu’s Dopesick, and Jeff Bridges recently starred in Hulu’s The Old Man. Jeff Daniels recently returned to TV in Showtime’s American Rust. Nicole Kidman has established herself as the queen of television, having appeared in HBO’s Big Little Lies, The Undoing, and Hulu’s Nine Perfect Strangers.
With streaming ushering in a new golden age of television, an increasing number of movie stars are making the transition to the small screen. There was once a significant gap between television and feature films, which were regarded as more prestigious than television, which was regarded as a lower form of entertainment. Today, that stigma is gone because there is hardly any discernible difference in quality between premium television and feature films. For this reason, Stallone found it more difficult to produce the 10-episode Tulsa King than a two-hour feature film.