Kevin Costner may have bid adieu to Yellowstone, but he’s not done with the Wild West just yet. The multi-talented actor and director is embarking on another western project titled “Horizon: An American Saga.” Costner takes on the roles of writer, director, and star in this endeavor, promising a sweeping and character-driven portrayal of the American west. The project also delves into life during the pre and post-Civil War Era, adding depth to the historical backdrop.
What makes “Horizon: An American Saga” particularly intriguing is its rating. According to FilmRatings.com, the MPAA has granted the film an R rating. This rating hints at the presence of violence, some nudity, and sexuality in the narrative. While violence is expected in most westerns, the inclusion of nudity and sexuality gives a distinct Yellowstone-esque flavor to the time period.
Kevin Costner’s acclaimed series, Yellowstone, is known for its willingness to explore sensuality and relationships, setting it apart from the traditional western genre.
Yellowstone has never shied away from provocative storylines, introducing tension and scandal into the realm of melodrama, whereas earlier westerns predominantly focused on themes of masculinity, interactions with indigenous people, and stylized violence. “Horizon: An American Saga” is poised to offer a fusion of ideas, seamlessly weaving Civil War politics into the fabric of the historic American West. The film’s rating suggests that interpersonal dynamics and relationships will play pivotal roles, aligning it with Yellowstone’s narrative approach. While Costner may seek to distance himself from the streaming series, he appears to have drawn valuable insights from his Yellowstone experience.
Similar to Yellowstone, “Horizon” promises an expansive narrative. The project has already secured two sequels before the release of the initial installment, indicating a substantial story that extends beyond a single movie. Alongside Costner, the films feature an ensemble cast that includes Sienna Miller, Sam Worthington, Giovanni Ribisi, and Luke Wilson.
The first movie has already been completed, with production on the first sequel commencing before the 2023 Writers Strike. While a precise release date for the first film remains pending, Costner had expressed a hope to unveil it in the fall.
The impact of the SAG-AFTRA strike has led to delays in several projects targeting a fall 2023 release. Nevertheless, fans eagerly await “Horizon: An American Saga.” The MPAA’s early rating consensus is a positive sign, suggesting that the film has undergone screenings, at least for rating determination. The prospect of a new western starring Kevin Costner is undoubtedly exciting for Yellowstone enthusiasts who may miss the Dances with Wolves star in upcoming seasons.