Horizon is being prepped for an Aug. 29 production start in Utah.
Kevin Costner has long cherished a dream — directing and starring in another big-screen western — and now, at long last, it looks like that dream will be coming through. Horizon, his long-in-development passion project, is scheduled to go before the cameras in Utah later this year.
The movie is described as a saga spanning 15 years both before and after the Civil War expansion and settlement of the American West. Casting will begin in February for an August 29 production kickoff.
Costner, who earned an Academy Award as Best Director for his Oscar-winning 1990 epic Dances with Wolves, and more recently has been looming large as rancher John Dutton in the phenomenally popular Paramount Network series Yellowstone, announced Friday his intention to do double duty as director and lead player for the first time since his acclaimed 2003 western Open Range.
“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,” Costner told the showbiz website Deadline. “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.”
Costner also will produce and finance the film through his Territory Pictures production company. Stay tuned for further developments.