- Kevin Costner advised Variety that he’s planning his western “Horizon” as “four different movies.”
- He stated that they might be launched “about every three months.”
- Costner ultimately needs to edit the flicks into shorter TV episodes.
Kevin Costner is readying his western epic, “Horizon,” and he is pondering huge.
The “Yellowstone” star and Oscar winner advised Variety this week that he is planning the challenge, which might be his first directorial effort since 2003’s “Outer Range,” as “four different movies” that might be launched “about every three months.”
Production is scheduled to start in August, and the challenge is being produced by Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema. Warner Bros. didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark from Insider.
It’s unclear how “Horizon” can be initially launched — both theatrically or by way of a
service — however Costner stated it might be at Warner Bros.’ discretion “because things change really quickly in how people want to see things and what they want to do.”
Over the final two years throughout the coronavirus pandemic, film studios have experimented with distribution methods and the way audiences eat content material has shifted.
Last yr, as an illustration, Warner Bros. launched all of its films concurrently in theaters and on the
streaming platform. This yr, the studio is releasing its films completely to theaters for 45 days earlier than they turn into obtainable to stream — a a lot shorter theatrical window than earlier than the pandemic.
The theatrical trade is extra IP-driven than ever earlier than, with blockbuster sequels supporting the field workplace and mid-budget, adult-friendly dramas largely struggling because the market recovers from the pandemic.
It’s onerous to say the place the theatrical market might be by the point “Horizon” is completed, and whether or not there might be an urge for food there for 4, practically three-hour western dramas.
But Costner did say he initially pitched the challenge as an “event television movie.” And he ultimately needs to edit the 4 films into TV episodes.
“I’m happiest because at one point in TV — where you can get your largest audience — they’re going to get to see it the way I intended it to be seen,” Costner advised Variety. “It will eventually be cut up into [hour-long episodes] or 42 minutes, however TV works. But their first viewing of it will be as four, two-hour-and-45-minute movies.”