Kevin Costner’s New Films: “Horizon: An American Saga”

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By Randal C. Hill 

Kevin Costner’s latest venture, “Horizon: An American Saga,” has been a four-film passion project since 1988.  

Even among the box-office heroes in Tinseltown, getting financed can be frustrating when it comes to dealing with the studio bean counters. But Kevin’s “Horizon” is a self-financed enterprise that he has already pumped $20 million of his own money into. Consider that he recently sold 10 acres of prime California beachfront in fashionable Santa Barbara. 

Filmed amidst spectacular scenery in southern Utah, “Horizon: An American Saga” is the well-researched narrative of a 15-year time span in the pre- and post-Civil War era, and the later struggles to settle the new frontier.  

While Costner has had a long and varied movie career, it was his award-winning “Dances with Wolves” in 1993 that put him on track to his most recent involvement with “Yellowstone,” one of television’s biggest successes of the last decade. He recently left the highly rated series to concentrate on “Horizon: An American Saga.” 

He explains, “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 people who lived on the land, and the determination and—at many times—the ruthlessness of those who sought to settle on it.” 

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Warner Brothers seems fully on board with the undertaking. Their press release proclaims, “In the great tradition of Warner Brothers Pictures’ iconic Westerns, ‘Horizon: An American Saga’ explores the lure of the Old West and how it was won—and lost—through the blood, sweat and tears of many.”  

Costner stars in and directs the episodes and has co-written and co-produced the project, as well. Chapter 1 premiered in May at the 77th Cannes Film Festival, and comes to theaters on June 28, followed by the second chapter on August 16. If the first two prove to be box-office winners, Costner plans to shoot two more full-length movies to bring his lofty goal to completion.