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Kevin Costner’s ‘Horizon’ Sequel Delayed After ‘Chapter 1’ Disappointment

Kevin Costner’s ‘Horizon’ Sequel Delayed After ‘Chapter 1’ Disappointment

After failing to find success at the box office, Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema are pulling the second chapter of Kevin Costner’s “Horizon: An American Saga” from its planned August release and will instead release the film on premium video on demand starting July 16.

Studio sources say they still plan to release the second part of Costner’s four-part series in theaters, though an exact premiere date has not yet been set.

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

“The audience response to ‘Horizon’ and the enthusiasm for continuing our story with ‘Horizon 2’ has been incredibly rewarding. Kevin created this film for people who love movies and want to go on that journey,” Costner’s production company, Territory Pictures, said in a statement. “The support we’ve received from fans and theater owners who are experiencing the first chapter of this saga only strengthens our faith in them and the films we’ve made, and we thank them for joining us on this journey. We’re excited to expand that window because we know it will only serve to enhance the experience of watching ‘Horizon 2.’”

Over its two-weekend run, Horizon: Chapter 1 has grossed just $22.6 million domestically, well short of its $100 million production budget. $38 million of that budget came directly from Costner, with the rest coming from anonymous investors and foreign sales.

“Horizon,” which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, received mixed reviews. Audiences received similar reviews, giving the film a B- from opening night audiences on CinemaScore.

While the film was a big moneymaker for some theaters in states where Costner heavily promoted it, such as Utah and Texas — primarily appealing to fans of his hit TV series Yellowstone — it never gained the traction it needed against films like Inside Out 2 and A Quiet Place: Day One, falling out of the top five over the July 4th weekend.

Costner currently plans to resume production on the third chapter of Horizon in August, though he is reportedly still seeking financing to film the fourth and final chapter.

The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report the release date change.