Kevin Costner is planning another epic western
For over 30 years, actor Kevin Costner has been the leading western actor of our time, from Lawrence Kasdan’s Silverado and Wyatt Earp, to his own directorial efforts Dances With Wolves, The Postman and Open Range, all the way through his smash hit 2012 TV miniseries Hatfields & McCoys. Now, while doing press for 20th Century Fox‘s inspiring period NASA drama Hidden Figures, Costner has told Variety that he wants to get back in the saddle again.
“I have one,” Costner says of doing another western. “I’ve been working on it. It’s about 10 hours long, how about that? Maybe I’ll make three features out of it. There’s a fourth one, too, so it’s truly a saga. I could do TV, or I could also make it like every six months, have a big western that’s tied together like ‘Jean de Florette’ and ‘Manon of the Spring.’ I think those are fun to watch.”
Hopefully this will be another opportunity for Costner, who won Best Picture and Best Director Oscar trophies for 1990’s Dances With Wolves, to direct again. He has not gotten behind the camera since 2003’s Open Range.
“It comes in the language,” Costner admits of his love for the genre. “Everyone’s looking for the shootout in a western, but the strength of them is what gets said leading up to things. There is an oddity about how people talk, yet it’s our Shakespeare, the American west.”
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