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Hollywood boomer sex icon Kevin Costner has been forgiven for all of his sins in the mid-nineties, it has been confirmed.
This comes as Yellowstone’s Season 4 finale, which aired on January 2nd, was the show’s most-watched episode to-date with 9.3 million US viewers. The most-watched TV telecast since the Season 8 premiere of The Walking Dead, which drew 11.4 million viewers back in 2017.
In the drama-western, Kevin Costner stars as John Dutton – patriarch of the iconic Dutton family, owners of the largest ranch in Montana who clash with local developers, government and Indian tribes in their efforts to run cattle in the wild American north-west.
Costner is also listed as Executive Producer of the runaway hit TV show, leading many to speculate that maybe he’s back in form.
This comes close to three decades after the 66-year-old oversaw what is widely considered to be the biggest blockbuster flop since the invention of CGI.
The 1995 release of ‘Waterworld’ – a 1995 American post-apocalyptic action film starring Kevin Costner, who also produced it – is widely considered one of the biggest bombs in Hollywood history.
While great in theory, the film centred around Kevin Costner’s character – a part human and part gilled fish drifter trying to survive an existence in a future world where melting ice caps have flooded the surface world as we knew it – with sea level rising over 7,600 m (25,000 ft), covering nearly all of the land.
Initially planned as a $100 million “Mad Max on water” adventure, the Kevin Costner production suffered from natural disasters, including a multimillion-dollar set being destroyed by a hurricane, rewrites, production setbacks and the like, which inflated the final cost to a then-record $175 million.
When the film finally opened to cinemas, it received poor reviews and ultimately sunk Costner’s profile as a big name for Hollywood action films of that size.
That was, until he threw on the Cowboy hat and emerged from the wilderness 27-years-later, as John Dutton, the flawed Montana cattleman who overseas a multi-million dollar ranch in Montana.
The renaissance of Costner, colloquially referred to as the Costnerssance, has sparked hope amongst his loyalists of the possibility of a Waterworld remake – with enough funding and resources to make a real go of it this time.
Because in hindsight, the original wasn’t so bad, it was just probably a bit too ahead of it’s time. Like computer graphics weren’t that good back then. He should definitely give it another crack.