Costner Sought Out Other Directors Before Taking The Job Himself
Once Costner agreed to be part of the project, he sent scripts to three prominent directors who have remained nameless. Hopeful that at least one of them would be interested and a good fit, he was met with disappointment. According to Costner, each one of them wanted to change something crucial to the film.
“Some wanted to get rid of the opening Civil War sequence, some thought it was too long,” he said. “Somebody thought it shouldn’t be a white [love interest], that that would be cliché.” In the end, Costner decided to direct the film himself.