The Western genre, throughout the history of cinema, has experienced its fair share of ups and downs in popularity. While it has produced some of the most iconic movies of all time, the 21st century witnessed a decline in its appeal. However, this decline was punctuated by the emergence of the immensely popular series Yellowstone, which has already earned its place as one of the greatest Western television shows of all time. The show’s success can be attributed to several factors, including its talented cast, which featured Western legend Kevin Costner (known for his role in “Dances with Wolves”). However, after five years on the show, Costner announced his departure, leading to the eventual conclusion of Yellowstone at the end of its fifth season.
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While there has been no official explanation for the show’s ending, many believe that Costner’s departure played a significant role. His exit was quickly followed by the announcement of his next project, Horizon, a film that had been a passion project for Costner since 1988. Without the success of Yellowstone and his subsequent departure, realizing Costner’s dream might not have been possible. As the attention of many Yellowstone fans now turns to this upcoming major Western release, we present everything we know about “Horizon: An American Saga” so far.
When Is the Release Date for Horizon: An American Saga?
Regrettably, there is no official release date yet for Kevin Costner’s upcoming film. However, Costner mentioned in May 2023 that he hoped for a Fall 2023 release date. While this has not been confirmed, there is a possibility that the movie might make its debut at the prestigious Venice Film Festival. The long wait for this movie, which has been in development since 1988, has been longer than most projects, with even a pitch to Disney after Costner’s 2003 film “Open Range” resulting in rejection. With this in mind, fans of the project won’t have to wait much longer to see “Horizon” come to life.
Where Can You Watch Horizon: An American Saga?
“Horizon: An American Saga,” distributed by Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema, will be exclusively released in theaters. Once the film’s theatrical run concludes, it will eventually be available for streaming on Warner Bros’ streaming service Max, which also hosts other recent studio releases like “Evil Dead Rise” and “Shazam! Fury of the Gods.”
Is There a Trailer for Horizon: An American Saga?
Since the film is still in post-production, there is no trailer available yet for “Horizon: An American Saga.” However, with Costner’s projected release date for Fall 2023, fans can anticipate promotional materials in the near future. Additionally, filming has already commenced for a sequel to “Horizon,” with Costner’s announcement in June 2022 that he plans to film four “Horizon” movies back-to-back. With production underway for the second installment of this new franchise since Spring 2023, it’s highly likely that a trailer for “Horizon: An American Saga” will be released soon. For updates on the film and its sequels, stay tuned to Collider.
Who Is Starring in Horizon: An American Saga?
Given the expansive plans for this project, it’s understandable that an ensemble of highly talented actors has been assembled. Alongside Kevin Costner, the cast includes Jena Malone (“Contact”), Sienna Miller (“American Sniper”), Sam Worthington (“Avatar”), Abbey Lee (“Mad Max: Fury Road”), Giovanni Ribisi (“Ted”), Will Patton (“Armageddon”), Kathleen Quinlan (“Apollo 13”), Luke Wilson (“Vacancy”), Isabelle Fuhrman (“Orphan”), Thomas Haden Church (“Sideways”), Jamie Campbell Bower (“Stranger Things”), Alejandro Edda (“Narcos: Mexico”), Tanka Means (“Killers of the Flower Moon”), Michael Rooker (“Guardians of the Galaxy”), Ella Hunt (“Dickinson”), Jeff Fahey (“Wyatt Earp”), Tom Payne (“The Walking Dead”), Wase Chief, Tim Guinee (“The Walking Dead”), Michael Angarano (“Sky High”), Colin Cunningham (“Falling Skies”), Scott Haze (“Old Henry”), Angus Macfadyen (“Braveheart”), Douglas Smith (“Big Little Lies”), Jon Beavers (“Animal Kingdom”), Owen Crow Shoe (“Joe Pickett”), Danny Huston (“Yellowstone”), Larry Bagby (“Hocus Pocus”), Dale Dickey (“Winter’s Bone”), Hayes Costner, James Landry Hébert (“1883”), Dalton Baker (“Yellowstone”), Georgia MacPhail (“Terrifier 2”), Naomi Winders (“Studio C”), and Austin Archer (“The Night Clerk”).
Fans not only have confirmation that the first film will feature a star-studded cast, but the sequels will as well.
What Is Horizon: An American Saga About?
Spanning a 15-year period that encompasses both the pre- and post-Civil War American West, “Horizon” aims to delve deeper into this captivating era of history. The film will explore the tensions among those seeking solace in an expanding frontier settlement. While there is no official plot synopsis available yet, Kevin Costner had this to say, as quoted on horseyhooves:
“While we cannot know for certain what to expect from ‘Horizon: An American Saga,’ we can anticipate an epic narrative, with Costner himself likening it to his work on ‘Dances with Wolves.'”
Who Is Behind Horizon: An American Saga?
As his passion project, Kevin Costner is not only the star and creator of the film but also serves as the director, producer, and writer alongside Jon Baird (“National Parks”). The crew also includes cinematographer J. Michael Muro (“Crash”), production designer Derek R. Hill (“Three Kings”), editor Miklos Wright (“Luke Cage”), and costume designer Lisa Lovaas (“Transformers”). All four of them have been confirmed to be working on the sequel as well.
Where Is Horizon: An American Saga Being Filmed?
Location plays a crucial role in the success of Western films, with vast landscapes of the American West essential for immersing the audience in the setting. Fans will be delighted to know that “Horizon: An American Saga” was primarily filmed in the stunning southern Utah, with specific filming taking place in the Moab and St. George areas. These picturesque locations are sure to enhance the authenticity and visual grandeur of the film.