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Kevin Costner’s ‘Horizon 2’ Pulled From August Theatrical Release

Kevin Costner’s ‘Horizon 2’ Pulled From August Theatrical Release

Kevin Costner era western Horizon: An American Saga — Chapter 2 However, it will not hit theaters on August 16.

The film will be removed from the premiere calendar after Horizon: An American Saga — Chapter 1 had its theatrical premiere late last month.

After much discussion, Costner’s Territory Pictures and distribution partner New Line Cinema decided to change the ambitious release plan, hoping to give the first film more time to build audiences. The first Horizon the price is $100 million.

As part of this attempt, Chapter 1 will debut at home on the Premium VOD platform on July 16, and will also continue to be available to watch in cinemas.

“Territory Pictures and New Line Cinema have decided not to release the film Horizon: Chapter 2 August 16 to give viewers a better chance to see the first part Horizon in the coming weeks, including on PVOD and MAX. We thank our exhibition partners for their continued support as audiences across the U.S. discover the film in its theatrical release,” a New Line spokesperson said.

Territory Pictures added in a separate statement: “The audience response to Horizonand enthusiasm to see our history continue Horizon 2was incredibly rewarding. Kevin created this film for people who love movies and want to go on a journey. The support we have received from movie fans and theater owners who are experiencing the first chapter of this saga only strengthens our faith in them and the films we have made, and we thank them for joining us on this journey. We are excited to expand that window because we know it will only serve to enhance the viewing experience Horizon 2.”

Max’s debut date has not yet been announced.

Warner Bros., New Line’s parent company, began notifying theater owners of the dramatic last-minute change Wednesday morning. Many theaters offered customers the opportunity to purchase tickets in advance Chapter 2; will now have to be returned.

This Horizon The series is a big risk for Costner, as he has invested $38 million of his own money in it. Chapter 1 and financed the rest with the help of two mystery investors and by selling foreign rights. New Line and Warners agreed to distribute and market the first two films for a fee, with Costner covering marketing costs. Costner intends to make four films.

Chapter Horizon 1running for three hours and one minute, it earned just $11 million over the weekend of June 28-30. It was an alarming debut for a $100 million film, one that was hampered by a poor B- CinemaScore and lukewarm reviews (it has a 43 percent critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes). In its second weekend, the film dropped 51 percent to $5.4 million, for a 10-day domestic total of $22 million. Worse, it earned less than $3 million overseas.

Chapter 2 similarly cost around $100 million. Costner’s team hinted last week that they intend to resume filming Chapter 3 in August.

Costner is known for his confidence, but even he shocked Hollywood when he announced he would be directing for the first time in decades and would make four films Horizon films chronicling the Great Migration to the West during the Civil War. In April, Warner Bros. signed on as distributor and announced an unprecedented plan to release the first two films less than two months apart. Costner was so involved that he left his hit show Yellow stone in the midst of his Horizon obligations.

Costner believed his film would touch a nerve in America’s heart – just as Yellow stone has – and although he has indeed done best in the mountain regions, the Midwest, the South and the South-Central states, he has so far failed to mobilize his fans or Yellow stone viewers to the desired degree.

The marketing campaign created by Warner Bros. focused primarily on Costner, who toured the country and also presented the film at the Cannes Film Festival. The studio also leveraged sister companies that are part of Warner Bros. Discovery, including TNT and TCM sporting events.

It is not yet known when Horizon Chapter 2 will return to the theatrical calendar. Warner Bros. and New Line have not acquired distribution rights to the third and fourth films.