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Holding their horses: Kevin Costner's Horizon: An American Saga - Chapter 2 has been delayed, slowing the four-part story's progress

After Chapter 1's poor box office performance, the second chapter of the ambitious New Line/Territory Pictures collab will no longer come out August 16

Image credit: New Line Cinema/Territory Pictures

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The Kevin Costner-starring Horizon movies were set to do something unheard of in cinematic history: release two feature-length chapters (in theaters!) just two months apart. Now, however, the latter half of the massive undertaking, Horizon: An American Saga - Chapter 2, is being delayed, no longer debuting on its intended release date of August 16. The news broke July 10, thanks to The Hollywood Reporter.

A spokesman for New Line Cinema, who co-produced the two films along with Costner's Territory Pictures, said that the move was intended to "give audiences a greater opportunity to discover the first installment of Horizon over the coming weeks, including on PVOD and Max." And to be fair, Chapter 1 could use that opportunity - the $100 million movie made only $11 million in its opening weekend.

But it isn't just a second movie that needs a bigger audience. Horizon, believe it or not, is a story told in four massive chapters, with the first clocking in at over three hours. Even in a world of connected, multi-part superhero sagas, that's a whole lot of movie. And though they didn't officially give the first chapter's poor box office performance as a reason, the article does point out that New Line and parent company Warner Bros. Discovery have not picked up the distribution rights to the next two Horizon movies. So far, anyway.


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But there is good news in this update for fans of Horizon: An American Saga - Chapter 1 (and if that's you, check out our Yellowstone watch order). First, several of the theaters that have already sold Chapter 2 ticktes for August 16 are offering a refund. And second, Kevin Costner is apparently undaunted by the news, and still plans to film Chapter 3 this August.

You've got to hand it to Costner; he's confident in this project. Sticking with such a massive undertaking with a (perceived) slow start takes guts. And yet, the films, should they all get made, won't quite be making movie history. Which is a real shame for, you know, a historical drama.

As of this writing, Horizon: An American Saga - Chapter 2 is currently without a release date. Chapter 1 is in theaters now, with no word as to when the film will debut on Max.


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