Kevin Costner will be directing his first film since 2003 western Open Range.
The project is Horizon, a film that will mark another western for the actor/filmmaker who made his feature directorial debut with Best Picture and Best Director Oscar-winning epic Dances with Wolves back in 1990. As with Dances with Wolves, The Postman and Open Range, Horizon will have Costner on double duty as both director and star.
Horizon will cover 15 years of the pre and post-Civil War expansion and settlement of the American West. No word as yet on who will pen the screenplay.
Talking to Deadline, the outlet that broke the news, Costner said:
“America’s expansion into the west was one that was fraught with peril and intrigue from the natural elements, to the interactions with the indigenous peoples who lived on the land, and the determination and at many times ruthlessness of those who sought to settle it. ‘Horizon’ tells the story of that journey in an honest and forthcoming way, highlighting the points of view and consequences of the characters’ life and death decisions.”
This is said to be a longtime passion project for Costner, who will also be producing and financing the picture via his Territory Pictures banner. Horizon is eyeing a production start of August 19th in Utah, with casting to kick off in February.
On the acting front, Costner’s last feature as lead was 2020 drama-thriller Let Him Go, opposite Diane Lane. Of course, Costner’s biggest thing at the moment remains hit series Yellowstone, which wrapped its fourth season in early January.
Here are the trailers for Costner’s previous three films as director:
Dances with Wolves (1990)
The Postman (1997)
Open Range (2003)