Horizon Part 2: Kevin Costner’s Sequel Pulled from Cinemas After Initial Box Office Flop

Horizon Part 2: Kevin Costner’s Sequel Pulled from Cinemas After Initial Box Office Flop

Part two of Kevin Costner’s ambitious Western epic Horizon: American Saga will no longer be shown in cinemas next month.

The information was announced on Wednesday (July 10) by a New Line Cinema spokesperson, who said in a statement: “Territory Pictures and New Line Cinema have made the decision not to release Horizon: Chapter 2 August 16 to give viewers a better chance to see the first part Horizon in the coming weeks.”

The studio had planned an extremely fast release of two Horizon films back-to-back. But after the first chapter had a slow start, earning $11 million in its first week on a $100 million budget, the distributor changed course.

For now, the edition Chapter 2 will be marked as TBD on the theatre calendar. The first Horizonwhich hit theaters on June 28, will be available on premium on demand from July 16. No date has yet been announced for the film’s availability on Max.

The decision is a humble admission for Costner that the big theatrical risks he took with his decades-old project were not met with audiences.

First chapter Horizonwhich debuted in May at the Cannes Film Festival, cost an estimated $100 million to make, making its path to profitability incredibly difficult, if not impossible. Costner has sunk tens of millions of his own dollars into it and has already begun shooting the third part of what he envisions will ultimately be four films.

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Asked in May about films hitting theaters in quick succession, Costner said, “The studio wanted to try that. I knew it would come out pretty quickly, like every four or five months. That might be easier. But it’s something they think people might remember the first movie and it might connect to the second one.”

Costner, who directed, co-wrote and starred in the films, tried to make Horizon for over 30 years. During the film’s premiere, Costner confirmed his departure from the hit Paramount drama series Yellow stone.The ultimate goal Horizonas he admitted, he was always supposed to appear on television.

“They’re going to break it into a hundred pieces, you know what I mean?” Costner said. “After four of them, they’re going to have 13, 14 hours of film and it’s going to turn into 25 hours of television and they’re going to do whatever they want. It’s just how we live our lives, but they’re going to exist in that form. And that was important to me to make sure that happened. And I paid for it.”

Additional information: The Associated Press