Kevin Costner Hoping to Make a New Western Trilogy Back-to-Back
Whilst making the promotional rounds for the forthcoming football drama Draft Day at CinemaCon, actor and occasional director Kevin Costner had the time to sit down for an interview with Collider (via The Dissolve) and revealed hopes for an ambitious plan to get back behind the camera. It's been 11 years since Costner helmed Open Range in 2003 and before that he was at the helm of The Postman and the Best Picture winning Dances with Wolves, which also landed him Best Director. So you can imagine that some might be eager for Costner to sit in the director's chair again, but it sounds like that might be a bit difficult.
Here's what Costner said about a hopeful, future directing project:
“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.”
So it would be a western trilogy. We have no idea what it would be about, but Costner has done some great work behind the camera in that genre. The problem is, the western isn't exactly thriving with life anymore, and studios aren't likely to invest in a back-to-back trilogy of westerns without proof that the first one will even perform at the box office. With the right cast, it could undoubtedly get attention like True Grit, but it's still a risky proposition. Costner may have directed a Best Picture winning western, but that was nearly 25 years ago. There's not guarantee this will be comparable in reception and quality. Still, we'd love to see what Costner can do behind the camera again sometime sooner than later. Thoughts?