Kevin Costner Returns To Western Genre To Direct Film

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Kevin Costner is reportedly going behind the camera again to direct a passion project titled “Horizon.” This project is the first time Costner has directed a film since 2003’s “Open Range.”

Costner Visits Theme Of Western Expansion

Like “Open Range” and his most acclaimed film, “Dances With Wolves,” “Horizon” will be a period western, chronicling a 15-year span of American expansion and settlement of Western territories before and after the Civil War. Costner will produce and finance the film through Territory Pictures, his production company. He will also star in the film. 

Costner has been quite busy starring in the hit series “Yellowstone” for the past few years. “Yellowstone,” now airing its fourth blockbuster season, earned its first SAG nomination for Best Ensemble and a PGA Award nomination for Best Episodic Drama this year. 

Kevin Costner Hits And Misses Behind The Camera

Behind the camera, Costner has had mixed results in terms of success. His directorial debut, “Dances With Wolves,” won Best Picture and Best Director Oscars for himself and five other statues for the film overall. But when he returned to direct a film in 1997’s “The Postman,” it was a critical and box office disaster, taking in only $20 million worldwide.  

Westerns are a frequent genre for Costner. He received critical acclaim for his early work in Lawrence Kasdan’s 1985 film “Silverado,” in which Costner played a wild young cowboy named Jake who displayed impressive gun skills and horsemanship. Costner owns his 160-acre ranch outside of Aspen, Colorado and reportedly stays there frequently when not filming. 

Some of his other notable ‘horse operas’ include 1994’s “Wyatt Earp,” in which he played the eponymous hero and History Channel’s mini-series production of “Hatfields and McCoys.” 

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Filming for “Horizon” is set to begin on August 29th of this year in Utah, a state already famous for a great many western film settings. Robert Redford’s 1969 classic “Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid” was filmed on location there. Redford also used Utah locations for later western classics like 1972’s “Jerimiah Johnson” and the (relatively) modern cowboy movie 1979’s “The Electric Horseman.” 

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