Thursday, July 25, 2024

Kevin Costner Makes His Movie Deal NOT with “Yellowstone” Studio Paramount But at Warner’s


Kevin Costner is the King of Paramount TV these days with “Yellowstone.” The serial western horse opera is HUGE for Paramount, the number 1 show on cable when it’s airing and number 1 in DVD sales for the last year.

So you’d think Costner’s new movie deal would be at Paramount, too. “Horizon” is the first movie he’s directed since “Open Range” at 2003, which was a Touchstone/Disney film.

But no. Costner made his deal for “Horizon” with Warner Bros. and New Line, with studio chief Toby Emmerich. That’s a curve ball since Paramount could have easily used the “Yellowstone” magic to market “Horizon.” But reports indicate Costner went with Warner’s, where westerns from people like Clint Eastwood have a long history.

“Horizon” is supposed to go into pre-production later this spring. So is “Yellowstone,” for a two part season of seven episodes each. Some three decades after “Dances With Wolves,” Costner remains right in the game and busier than ever!

As for Paramount, down the line there’s always the “Yellowstone” movie or movies. Costner’s only 67, after all. Look at Clint. Costner’s a veritable baby!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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