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Kevin Costner’s “Horizon 2” taken out of theaters in August

Kevin Costner’s “Horizon 2” taken out of theaters in August

The August 16 release of Kevin Costner’s “Horizon: An American Saga – Chapter 2” was pulled after the first chapter flopped at the box office this summer.

A person familiar with the decision told IndieWire that distributor New Line Pictures and Costner’s own Territory Pictures mutually agreed to delay the film’s release to give the first installment more time to build an audience, including releasing “Horizon – Chapter 1” on PVOD starting July 16. A date for the first film’s release on Max has also not been set.

At this time, Horizon: Chapter 2 is scheduled for a theatrical release, but a release date has not yet been set.

“Horizon: An American Saga,” Warner Bros.
HORIZON: AN AMERICAN SAGA – CHAPTER 1, from left: Jamie Campbell Bower, Kevin Costner, 2024. © Warner Bros. /Courtesy Everett Collection

“Territory Pictures and New Line Cinema have decided not to release ‘Horizon: Chapter 2’ on August 16 to give audiences a greater opportunity to discover the first part of ‘Horizon’ in the coming weeks, including on PVOD and MAX. We thank our theatrical partners for their continued support as moviegoers across the U.S. discover the film in theaters,” a New Line spokesperson said.

“The audience response to Horizon and the excitement to see our story continue in Horizon 2 has been incredibly gratifying,” Territory Pictures said in a statement. “Kevin made this film for people who love movies and wanted to go on a journey. The support we have received from film fans and theater owners as they experienced the first chapter of this saga reinforces our belief in them and the films we have made, and we thank them for coming on board to join us on this journey. We welcome the opportunity to expand this window as we know it will only enhance the experience of seeing Horizon 2.”

Costner’s Horizon films cost a whopping $100 million to make, much of it Costner’s own money. But the first film has grossed just $23 million at the box office since its release in late June. The release schedule for both films was always going to be ambitious, and Chapter 2 was set to hit theaters a little over a month after the first film’s August 16 release.

Despite its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, critics’ reaction to Horizon was disappointing. They called the film a prestige project and compared it to something not unlike an episodic season of Yellowstone.

Costner also wants to shoot at least two more chapters of Horizon and intended to shoot Chapter 3 in August. However, New Line had only agreed to distribute the first two films for a fee, and Costner himself has covered the marketing costs.

If Horizon Chapter 2 had kept its release date, it would have been up against 20th Century’s Alien: Romulus. It’s unclear when a new release date will be set, or if it will even be this year.

Costner has been heavily promoting his passion project, which marks his first directing return since 2003, but this has been overshadowed by his ongoing friction with “Yellowstone” creator Taylor Sheridan, who, according to Costner’s allusion to IndieWire, may have “borrowed” material from “Horizon.”

THR first reported the news.