Kevin Costner’s Western Epic ‘Horizon: An American Saga’ Acquired in France by Metropolitan FilmExport (EXCLUSIVE)

Kevin Costner’s two-part Western epic “Horizon: An American Saga,” which makes its world premiere in the Out of Competition section of the Cannes Film Festival, has been acquired in France by Metropolitan FilmExport, one of the country’s biggest distributors. Daniel Baur’s K5 Intl. is handling international rights.

The films star Costner, Sienna Miller, Abbey Lee and Sam Worthington. The writers are Jon Baird and Costner. Costner produced alongside Howard Kaplan and Mark Gillard. Warner Bros. is releasing the films in the U.S. on June 28 and Aug. 16.

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“Horizon” takes place over the course of 15 years on America’s Western frontier, dramatizing the lives of settlers and Indigenous groups in the region. Costner shared footage from the project at CinemaCon last month.

“There was a promise out here if you were tough enough, you were mean enough, you were resourceful enough you could take what you wanted in America,” Costner told the exhibitors at CinemaCon, noting that attitude often meant you “step on people.” By that, he apparently was referencing the Indigenous communities that lived in the West. “I don’t pass judgment.”

“Horizon” is the fourth that Costner has directed. His credits include 2003’s “Open Range,” which was a commercial and critical hit, as well as 1990’s “Dances With Wolves,” which won the Oscar for best picture. His other directorial effort, 1997’s post-apocalyptic adventure, “The Postman,” was a box office bomb.

Other recent acquisitions by Metropolitan include Coralie Fargeat’s horror movie “The Substance,” starring Margaret Qualley and Demi Moore, which plays in competition at Cannes.

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