“It will be worth every second”: Kevin Costner’s Horizon Has a Similar Run Time as His Oscar Winning Western That Beat Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas

Kevin Costner is keeping a strict runtime for his Western dream project as Horizon follows suit from his Oscar-winning film.

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  • Kevin Costner's Horizon: An American Saga has announced a final runtime of 3 hours and 1 minute.
  • This runtime is similar to Costner's 1990 Western film, Dances with Wolves, which beat Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas at the Oscars.
  • Costner struggled a lot before creating his 1990 classic, which makes fans hope that Horizon will become a hit despite its challenges.
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Kevin Costner’s Horizon: An American Saga is all set to grace the screens at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival. The film is a passion project of Costner that was first conceived in 1988 and the Yellowstone star has been pitching the grand-scale project to several studios since the early 2000s. According to reports, the film’s final runtime is 3 hours & 1 minute, the same as that of Costner’s Oscar-winning Western film, Dances with Wolves.

Kevin Costner plays Hayes Ellison in Horizon: An American Saga
Kevin Costner plays Hayes Ellison in Horizon: An American Saga

However, the runtime is just for Chapter 1 of the two-part film which will be released back-to-back in June and August. Fans of Costner’s cowboy dramas are ready to invest their three hours in his passion project and they expect nothing short of an Oscar-worthy film.

Kevin Costner’s Horizon Runtime Is The Same As That Of His Oscar-Winning Film

Kevin Costner's Horizon: An American Saga has a long runtime of 3 hours & 1 minute
Kevin Costner’s Horizon: An American Saga has a long runtime of 3 hours & 1 minute

Kevin Costner‘s dream project screens at Cannes more than three and a half decades since he commissioned the idea for it. Horizon: An American Saga was greenlit only in January 2022, with Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema joining the production (via Deadline). Now, the film has released its runtime, a long 3 hours and 1 minute duration.


Fans couldn’t help but notice the similarity of the very specific runtime with another Kevin Costner project. In 1990, the Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves actor directed and starred in the Western revival flick, Dances with Wolves. The film received several accolades including Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director. The film’s theatrical cut also had an original runtime of 3 hours and 1 minute (via IMDb).

Fans on X shared that Costner was an excellent storyteller and needed the time to flesh out the story. One fan shared that even the 4-hour extended cut of Dances with Wolves was amazing to watch. They shared that every second of the upcoming film will be worth it despite the audience showing some reluctance to spend that much time in the theaters.


Several fans also agreed with this comment, sharing their excitement for Costner’s project. One comment suggested that 3 hours wouldn’t be a problem as long as the story had some engaging elements and good twists. Some also pointed out the director’s obsession with adding that one extra minute. Fan reactions read:



Costner’s film is something worth looking forward to, given his directorial venture in Dances with Wolves beat Martin Scorsese‘s Goodfellas at the Oscars. According to Box Office Mojo, Costner’s 1990 film earned $424.2 million at the worldwide box office against a $22 million budget.

Kevin Costner’s Dances With Wolves Survived All Odds And Horizon Also Expects The Same

Kevin Costner's Dances with Wolves was passed on by three directors but it still went on to win seven Oscars
Kevin Costner’s Dances with Wolves was passed on by three directors but it still went on to win seven Oscars

Some fans of the actor are not happy with his new project, provided how it ruined his role in Taylor Sheridan‘s Yellowstone. However, Costner is known to survive such negativity and skepticism, even with his Oscar-winning film. Dances with Wolves was rejected by several directors before he decided to step into the director’s shoes as well.

He revealed in an interview with Deadline that he had approached three famous directors with the script. All of them tried to impose their vision onto the script and wanted Costner to change certain aspects of the script. However, Costner spent his entire money on the project and was not willing to leave anything out of the script. He shared with Deadline:


“I know when I was making Dances with Wolves, they were calling it ‘Kevin’s Gate,’ even though they didn’t know that I put all my money into this thing. I actually asked three other directors to direct it before me. They each had kind of very pronounced ideas about what they wouldn’t leave in the movie. What I knew was, I wasn’t as good as any of those other directors. But I wasn’t gonna leave anything out.”

Dances with Wolves is now available for streaming on MGM+. Horizon will premiere at the 77th Cannes Film Festival on May 19, 2024. Chapter 1 of the film will be released in theaters on June 28, 2024, while Chapter 2 will be released on August 16, 2024.


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