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Kevin Costner has plans for an epic 10-hour Western saga

12.29.2016

Kevin Costner western Open Range

I enjoy Kevin Costner and I absolutely love a good Western, so combining the two for the first time in well over a decade should be a recipe for something great. The last time Costner held a six-shooter in the old west was alongside Robert Duvall in 2003's underrated OPEN RANGE, which he also directed. While speaking on Playback, a Variety podcast, Costner said that he still holds a great deal of love for the Western genre.

It comes in the language. 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.

When asked whether he has any Western projects up his sleeve for the future, Costner revealed that he has just one, but that it's turning into quite the epic.

I have one, 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,’ where there's a continuum. I think those are fun to watch.

I'm probably not the only one out there who would watch the shit out of a 10-hour Western epic from Kevin Costner, but our likelihood of actually seeing this project hit the screen is slim as Costner has said that while studios admit that it's an interesting idea. they're not all that keen on actually making it. Shucks. Kevin Costner appeared in the recently released HIDDEN FIGURES (check out a review from our own Chris Bumbray) and is currently in the midst of filming Aaron Sorkin's MOLLY'S GAME in which he will star alongside Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba.

Source: Variety

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8:57AM on 01/01/2017

Yes, please...

More Kevin Coster... and more westerns is a very good thing!
More Kevin Coster... and more westerns is a very good thing!
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5:40AM on 12/31/2016
I would definitely watch this!
I would definitely watch this!
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9:39AM on 12/30/2016
I wouldn't mind a mini-series, a film trilogy, or whatever. I love Westerns and Kevin Costner knows how to make them and make them well. Looking forward to seeing what comes of this.
I wouldn't mind a mini-series, a film trilogy, or whatever. I love Westerns and Kevin Costner knows how to make them and make them well. Looking forward to seeing what comes of this.
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10:49PM on 12/29/2016
Very few do westerns better than Costner.
Very few do westerns better than Costner.
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9:40PM on 12/29/2016
I think I would prefer a miniseries over three or four movies. There's a lot that can be done on the various TV outlets nowadays that I think would better suit the grand scheme of what Costner has planned. I'm always up for seeing Costner in a western, he can do great things in the genre. I'm not a fan of Wyatt Earp but Open Range is sheer greatness. I say bring this on.
I think I would prefer a miniseries over three or four movies. There's a lot that can be done on the various TV outlets nowadays that I think would better suit the grand scheme of what Costner has planned. I'm always up for seeing Costner in a western, he can do great things in the genre. I'm not a fan of Wyatt Earp but Open Range is sheer greatness. I say bring this on.
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8:15PM on 12/29/2016
Clearly you didn't see Costner's 2012 western epic miniseries Hatfields and McCoys, which was like six hours long. Costner even won an Emmy for Lead Actor in a Mini for that.

I'd prefer the new one to be another epic western no-holds-barred miniseries, preferably in HBO or History or Netflix, over a movie or movie series. Nowadays TV is a much safer bet for quality than the silver screen.
Clearly you didn't see Costner's 2012 western epic miniseries Hatfields and McCoys, which was like six hours long. Costner even won an Emmy for Lead Actor in a Mini for that.

I'd prefer the new one to be another epic western no-holds-barred miniseries, preferably in HBO or History or Netflix, over a movie or movie series. Nowadays TV is a much safer bet for quality than the silver screen.
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7:52PM on 12/29/2016

They just made an amazing 10 hour western... its called West World

WestWorld is the best 10 hour western I've ever seen.
WestWorld is the best 10 hour western I've ever seen.
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7:29PM on 12/29/2016
Hatfields & McCoys was 4 years ago.
Hatfields & McCoys was 4 years ago.
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7:22PM on 12/29/2016
Kevin Costner in a Western film? I'm all for that but hopefully 10 hours will be a TV series or mini series.
Kevin Costner in a Western film? I'm all for that but hopefully 10 hours will be a TV series or mini series.
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7:20PM on 12/29/2016

SIGN ME UP!!!

Costner + westerns = gold!

I loved Hatfields & McCoys, Open Range, and Wyatt Earp. I'm all in for a 10 hour western from him.
Costner + westerns = gold!

I loved Hatfields & McCoys, Open Range, and Wyatt Earp. I'm all in for a 10 hour western from him.
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7:04PM on 12/29/2016
I'd bet money that Tarantino also has plans to make a 10 hour western. Maybe even a 20 hour western.
I'd bet money that Tarantino also has plans to make a 10 hour western. Maybe even a 20 hour western.
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