Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line have signed on for epic period western “Horizon” which marks Kevin Costner’s return to film directing twenty years after his last effort with 2003’s “Open Range”.
The story takes an expansive and multi-faceted approach as it chronicles a fifteen-year span of pre-and post-Civil War expansion and settlement of the American west.
The ensemble piece follows an epic journey fraught with peril and intrigue from the constant onslaught of natural elements, to the interactions with the indigenous peoples who lived on the land, and the determination and at times ruthlessness of those who sought to settle the land.
Costner will star in the film, produce it and finance it through his Territory Pictures production company. He also co-wrote the script with Jon Baird. The production is targeting a late August start in Utah.
The news comes as the Costner-led TV series “Yellowstone” continues to be a ratings smash and has drawn awards nominations. “Horizon” will mark Costner’s fourth directorial effort, the first two being “Dances with Wolves” in 1990 and “The Postman” in 1997.