Kevin Costner Begins Production on Western Sequel, Reportedly Delaying Season 5 of Yellowstone

Kevin Costner begins filming the second installment of Horizon, the Western that reportedly delayed the fifth season of Yellowstone. 

Yellowstone, a neo-Western television series created by Taylor Sheridan, became a breakout success for Paramount+, spawning an entire universe that includes the Harrison Ford-led prequel series 1923. 

Recently, however, the Yellowstone drama shifted from the screen to behind-the-scenes when it was reported that the second half of season 5 may not air in the summer of 2023 as originally scheduled due to Costner's commitment to directing his own four-film Western epic Horizon.

It remains to be seen how Costner's commitment to Horizon will ultimately impact the release schedule for Yellowstone, but it can be confirmed that production on Costner's film continues at a rapid pace, as Utah-based BTS images corroborate that the second installment is currently in production.

The images, shared by Shelley Evans Palmer, depict covered wagons arrayed for a scene in Kevin Costner's post-Civil War film about the expansion of the American West. Deadline affirms that production has indeed begun on the second installment of Horizon, with Glynn Turman, Kathleen Quinlan, and Giovanni Ribisi joining the cast.

Horizon marks the return of Costner to epic western filmmaking.

Horizon was announced in early 2022, and production began later that year, with the intention of shooting all four films simultaneously. The first of the four films was completed in late 2022, and production on the second was scheduled to commence in the spring of 2023, creating a scheduling conflict that has left the second half of season 5 of Yellowstone seemingly in limbo.

Shooting a four-movie Western epic in quick succession may seem like a daunting task, but Costner is no stranger to directing massive projects, having made his name with the sprawling Oscar-winning film Dances With Wolves, before nearly destroying it with the infamous flops Waterworld and The Postman. Costner was not deterred by these setbacks, as he is back in the saddle for what is arguably his most ambitious film to date, which reportedly features over 170 speaking roles and an all-star cast.

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