When it comes to directing, Kevin Costner is certainly familiar with long epics. His western “Open Range” clocks in at two-and-a-half hours, while both “Dances with Wolves” and “The Postman” are around three.
Early this week, he told Vulture that he’s already looking into a fourth film to direct, one which tackles familiar territory:
“I have another Western I’ve co-written with some people, and I would like to play out the second half of my career directing more. I’ve constantly given the movies I’ve found to directors who I thought could do it better, but there are a lot of voices in my ear from my family saying, ‘You need to direct the movies you fall in love with.’ So I think I will.”
His previous films though are mere shorts compared to what he’s got cooking next. He tells Variety that this new western will be gargantuan:
“I’ve been working on it. It’s about 10 hours long, how about that? Maybe I’ll make three features out of it. There’s a fourth one, too, so it’s truly a saga. I could do TV, or I could also make it like every six months, have a big western that’s tied together like ‘Jean de Florette’ and ‘Manon of the Spring.’ I think those are fun to watch.”
Westerns have made a comeback in recent times with the likes of “Bone Tomahawk,” ” The Hateful Eight,” “The Magnificent Seven,” “In A Valley Of Violence” and “Django Unchained”. None of those though are on a scale Costner is suggesting.