Kevin Costner is getting his cowboy boots on once again for what is his fourth directorial excursion, Horizon.
It’s no little western flick, either. This one is set to be seriously epic. How epic? Well…
Story-wise, Horizon is set to span a 15 year period in the settlement of America’s Western frontier, focussing not only on the settlers, but also the Indigenous groups that first occupied the land.
Movie-wise, it’s set to run for two hours and 45 minutes – multiplied by four. Yes, the plan is to release the entrie story as four separate movies, with a three-month break in-between each. Wow.
Casting-wise, it’s happening currently, according to Variety, with 170 speaking roles to be filled before shooting commences at the end of August. That’s set to last for a marathon 220 days.
Diversity-wise, things are looking good for the often very blokey genre of the western. Costner told Variety: “It’s a really beautiful story, it’s a hard story. It really involves a lot of women, to be honest. There are a lot of men in it, too, but the women are really strong in Horizon. It’s just them trying to get by every day in a world that was impossibly tough. They were often dragged out to these places because that’s where the men wanted to go; women were following their men. They didn’t ask to be in these territories that were unsettled and dangerous, and life wasn’t easy. I’ve chosen to make sure that was really obvious, that that wasn’t easy, and how vulnerable people were.”
It’s unclear at this point whether the four parts of Horizon will screen cinematicaly or head straight to our televisions.
So, Costner doesn’t direct much, but when he does he really goes for it. His debut directorial effort, Dances with Wolves, snaffled six Oscars from 11 nominations, with a seven year gap to The Postman (which bagged five Razzies) and then another seven year gap to Open Range.