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Kevin Costner has plans for 4 westerns to be released within one year

03.28.2014

Kevin Costner's career resurgence hopes to continue with the upcoming release of DRAFT DAY following a string of films kicked off a couple of years ago by his starring role in the popular History mini-series HATFIELDS AND MCCOYS. With his stock continuing to rise, Costner may be considering a return to a genre he has had success in: westerns.

In an interview with Collider, Costner laid out a very elaborate plan he has been concocting for not one, but four western films. But, on top of that, he has plans to release them in a very specific manner. Check out his quote below.

“I’ve got this Western that I think I could make. I actually have this idea to make them all at once and release one on Memorial Day, one on Thanksgiving, and then one on the Fourth of July, all within a 12 month span, because it’s all the same story but it truly is a journey, with a fourth movie coming right after. Will I be able to do that? I don’t know. But that’s what I think about, that’s what I try to do. And people go, ‘Oh that’s really interesting, Kevin. We don’t think we can do that.’ And I’m thinking ‘Man, that’s a really good idea.’ I thought that was a true ongoing series, or sequel if you will, that actually was an honest one. A second one wasn’t invented because the first one made a little money.”

Costner won the Oscar for directing DANCES WITH WOLVES and also helmed the criminally under-appreciated OPEN RANGE. He certainly knows his way around the genre, but just what type of story would he be telling over four films, and would they be the type of movies that a studio would greenlight? I am sure Costner has enough pull to finance the movies privately, but would they get the exposure he is expecting? Either way, this is an intriguing plan from a man who could pull it off.

Would you pony up to see four new westerns from Kevin Costner? Until they happen, you can see him in DRAFT DAY when it opens on April 11, 2014.

Source: The Dissolve

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5:11PM on 03/28/2014
Fine by me. The Western genre is where he's best at.

I loved Man of Steel, but I thought Three Days to Kill was awful (couldn't even get through the whole damn thing). Hopefully Draft Day is another winner in his comeback.
Fine by me. The Western genre is where he's best at.

I loved Man of Steel, but I thought Three Days to Kill was awful (couldn't even get through the whole damn thing). Hopefully Draft Day is another winner in his comeback.
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5:19PM on 03/28/2014

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His idea is better suited for a release on HBO or the like. Movies tend to have huge bloated budgets, and releasing 3 movies in a year would never happen for a major movie studio. Spend less money, flesh out the characters, and release them as a mini series or perhaps a whole new show.
His idea is better suited for a release on HBO or the like. Movies tend to have huge bloated budgets, and releasing 3 movies in a year would never happen for a major movie studio. Spend less money, flesh out the characters, and release them as a mini series or perhaps a whole new show.
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5:20PM on 03/28/2014
Sounds like a perfect project for Netflix.
Sounds like a perfect project for Netflix.
5:19PM on 03/28/2014
OMG. Yes. He kiils in westerns and I have missed him in them. I have watched Open Range probably once a year since it come out. Hell, I even love The Postman. DO IT. DO IT NOW.
OMG. Yes. He kiils in westerns and I have missed him in them. I have watched Open Range probably once a year since it come out. Hell, I even love The Postman. DO IT. DO IT NOW.
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5:28PM on 03/28/2014

Go for it

Costner is excellent in the westerns that he does. Its obviously a genre that he is passionate about and very good at. Westerns especially can be so hit or miss, especially these days. If any studios had interest in making them, I think that taking him up on this idea would serve them well. While he is good in many, for those who havent seen Open Range, you are really doing yourself a disservice. Its a really excellent film.
Costner is excellent in the westerns that he does. Its obviously a genre that he is passionate about and very good at. Westerns especially can be so hit or miss, especially these days. If any studios had interest in making them, I think that taking him up on this idea would serve them well. While he is good in many, for those who havent seen Open Range, you are really doing yourself a disservice. Its a really excellent film.
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5:28PM on 03/28/2014

I'm game...

I could go for another Kevin Costner western, he excels in this period type of movie, or when he plays the average joe thrust into strange situations. OR was ragged hard and is a good movie. It has possibly the best gunfight sequence of any, ANY western. IMO, Benning was the weak link in OR. Just not much chemistry with Costner.

Besides, anything with Duvall in it has to be frickin' good.
I could go for another Kevin Costner western, he excels in this period type of movie, or when he plays the average joe thrust into strange situations. OR was ragged hard and is a good movie. It has possibly the best gunfight sequence of any, ANY western. IMO, Benning was the weak link in OR. Just not much chemistry with Costner.

Besides, anything with Duvall in it has to be frickin' good.
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5:33PM on 03/28/2014
I want this. I want this a lot. That is all.
I want this. I want this a lot. That is all.
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5:34PM on 03/28/2014
Sounds like something meant for cable, but either way, I'm in. Also, that pic should be his profile pic, from now on.
Sounds like something meant for cable, but either way, I'm in. Also, that pic should be his profile pic, from now on.
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5:50PM on 03/28/2014
Hell yeah I'm in. I love Westerns. I don't care if it's released theatrically or on TV/cable. Bring it on.
Hell yeah I'm in. I love Westerns. I don't care if it's released theatrically or on TV/cable. Bring it on.
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5:55PM on 03/28/2014
Maybe he should try televsion
Maybe he should try televsion
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12:47AM on 03/29/2014
Sounds good to me. Costner is always good in westerns including Silverado...And that is where my jurisdiction ends on the matter.
Sounds good to me. Costner is always good in westerns including Silverado...And that is where my jurisdiction ends on the matter.
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3:40AM on 03/29/2014
Kevin Costner in Western movies? Ticket sold for me. Hatfields & McCoys was great.
Kevin Costner in Western movies? Ticket sold for me. Hatfields & McCoys was great.
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6:36AM on 03/30/2014

Wyatt Earp

Probably one of the best film posters ever!
Probably one of the best film posters ever!
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12:24PM on 03/30/2014
I love Westerns, but 4 in one year?
It's either insanity or the smartest plan ever.
I love Westerns, but 4 in one year?
It's either insanity or the smartest plan ever.
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10:24AM on 03/31/2014

huh

Costner is someone who strikes me as a person who should count their blessings that they still get work. So the idea that he's looking to do a 4 picture Western makes me shake my head.
Costner is someone who strikes me as a person who should count their blessings that they still get work. So the idea that he's looking to do a 4 picture Western makes me shake my head.
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