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Kevin Costner wants to film 5 movies in Utah. The Utah Legislature needs to pass SB49 (www.ksl.com)

In the three years he spent shooting Paramount’s hit series “Yellowstone,” Kevin Costner got a good taste of Utah.

In his free time, he would slip down to the southern corners of the state, scouting locations for his long anticipated Western epic, “Horizon.” The production is no small endeavor — the initial film will set the foundation for a yearslong cinematic universe, amounting to five movies and dumping upwards of $50 million into whatever rural economy Costner settles on.

“This is a very, very large project,” said his attorney, Roger Armstrong.

Production is slated to begin in August, and Costner wants to film all five movies in Utah. But there’s a catch — the Utah Legislature needs to pass SB49.

Sponsored by Sen. Ron Winterton, R-Roosevelt, the State Film Production Amendments bill would exempt rural film productions from the limits on the state’s annual tax incentive program.

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