Monday, June 17, 2024

Is Another “Waterworld” or “Postman” on the “Horizon” for Kevin Costner’s Panned Western?


Kevin Costner was once a golden boy when “Dances with Wolves,” a three hour movie, became a hit and raked in Oscars.

But now he’s known better for really big flops like “Waterworld” and “The Postman.” Both movies were laughably bad, and financial disasters. (Someone told me recently that “Waterworld” has become a cult movie, but it’s a cult I’m not joining!)

Now Costner is aiming for a June 27th release for “Horizon,” a three hour Civil War drama with a price tag of at least $100 million. He put $38 million of his own money into it. Compounding the release is a second film in the series, which will be released on August 16th.

So far, reports say — and I’ve confirmed — that advance tracking isn’t enthusiastic about “Horizon.” Costner is counting on his “Yellowstone” fans coming to theaters, but they may be turned off by the way he fought with the show’s producers, slowed down season 5, and ultimately tanked the whole project.

“Horizon” Part 1 may also be hampered when audiences discover Costner doesn’t appear in the first hour.

Critical reaction isn’t great either. Twenty six critics have chimed in, and the result is a 38% on Rotten Tomatoes.

So the question is, if the first installment fails, will Warner Bros put the second one on Max? And will they even take the as yet unfilmed parts three and four? Much to ponder.

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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