Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line have signed a contract for the period western epic “Horizon” marking Kevin Costner’s return to film directing twenty years after his last attempt with 2003’s “Open Range”.
The story takes a broad and multi-faceted approach as it narrates a span of fifteen years of expansion and completion of the Civil War before and after the Civil War in the American west.
The ensemble’s work follows an epic journey fraught with danger and intrigue from the onslaught of the natural elements, to the interactions with the indigenous peoples living in the land, and the determination and sometimes cruelty of those who seek to settle on the land.
Costner will star in the film, produce it and finance it through his production company Territory Pictures. He also co-wrote the script with Jon Baird. Production is targeted to begin late August in Utah.
The news comes as the Costner-led TV series “Yellowstone” continues to be devastating ratings and has attracted award nominations. “Horizon” will mark Costner’s fourth directing effort, the first two being “Dance with Wolves” in 1990 and “The Postman” in 1997.