Maybe the Golden Globe winner will be too busy to return to Yellowstone?
If, as several recent widely circulated reports indicate, Kevin Costner is ready to leave Yellowstone at the end of the Season 5 — and, indeed, might seriously limit his involvement in the hit series when it returns later this year from a midseason break — he’ll still have a lot to keep him busy.
The Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning actor/filmmaker currently is at work in Utah on Horizon, An American Saga, which depicts the pre- and post-Civil War settlement of the American West. The four-part epic has Costner pulling triple duty as director, scriptwriter and star. He recently finished production on the first part of the four-film series in and around Moab, with parts two and three slated for filming in Greater Zion later this year.
“The State of Utah, with its intrinsic beauty, is the perfect backdrop for the story of Horizon,” says Costner, “and can be said to be its own character in our story.”
Earlier this week, The History Channel announced plans for another ambitious project that will claim a considerable chunk of Costner’s time. Tentatively titled Kevin Costner’s The West, the eight-part series aims to transcend the clichés and myths of the “Wild West” and capture, from a myriad of perspectives, the prevailing spirit of opportunity, adventure and peril by focusing on the diverse, complex characters and untold stories that defined the era and continue to shape our country today.
“I am in love with history,” Costner said in a prepared statement released by the History Channel. “I love the rich, heroic, and harrowing stories of the West. The people and their stories have always held a fascination for me, but there’s an urgency today to put those times and the men and women who we think we know in perspective, in the context of their times, without judgment.
“This particular West project is significant for me as it marks a return to The History Channel, the home of my first foray into television with the Hatfields & McCoys, and an opportunity to partner with the legendary biographer and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, who so artfully weaves together important stories that are at once expansive, intimate and true.”
Goodwin added: “Kevin Costner’s body of work on the American West has defined him as one of the finest storytellers of this genre and of our time. What a privilege it is for my partner Beth Laski and I to collaborate with Kevin and his team and our trusted colleagues at The History Channel and RadicalMedia to portray with authenticity and accuracy a sweeping and nuanced portrait of the American West and its people, places and movements at this pivotal time in American history.”
So what about Yellowstone? Is there any room for the Taylor Sheridan-produced drama on Costner’s increasingly crowded schedule? Watch this space for further developments.