It has been over a decade since Kevin Costner last directed a film, 2003's well-regarded "Open Range," yet the actor and filmmaker has revealed he has ambitious plans to return to the western genre with a trilogy or tetralogy of films to be released across a short timespan. Speaking with Collider, Costner revealed his plans:
"I've got this Western that I think I could make. I actually have this idea to make them all at once and release one on Memorial Day, one on Thanksgiving, and then one on the Fourth of July, all within a 12 month span, because it's all the same story but it truly is a journey, with a fourth movie coming right after.
Will I be able to do that? I don't know. But that's what I think about, that's what I try to do. And people go, 'Oh that's really interesting, Kevin. We don't think we can do that.' And I'm thinking 'Man, that's a really good idea.' I thought that was a true ongoing series, or sequel if you will, that actually was an honest one. A second one wasn't invented because the first one made a little money."
Trilogies confined to the space of a year have been tried before, most notably the western release of the Swedish adaptations of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" trilogy.