Coen Brothers Bring Western Miniseries The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs To Netflix

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Legendary directing duo Joel and Ethan Coen are to bring their writing and directing skills to streaming site Netflix, Variety reports.

The pair have been working on a Western mini-series, titled The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, starring Tim Blake Nelson (Oh Brother Where Art Thou) as the eponymous singing cowboy Buster. The series takes its title from the first episode, but at the moment it isn’t entirely clear from the available details whether Tim Blake Nelson’s Buster will be a recurring character in the six episode anthology.

The new series, produced by Annapurna Television, has been in development for a while. On Wednesday (9th August) it was announced that Netflix is to take the series, the Coen’s first television offering. Although their 1996 film Fargo spawned a multi award winning spin-off tv series running for several seasons, the pair have never been involved in that in any meaningful way.

The mini-series consists of six separate stories about the American Western Frontier, with the duo writing, directing and executive producing the series. Also on the executive producer list are Coen brothers collaborator, producer Robert Graf (True Grit) and Annapurna Television’s Megan Ellison and Sue Naegle, former HBO exec.

With the brothers at the helm, viewers can expect their usual brand of sharply observed characters, intimate detail and off-beat quirk.

The series boasts an impressive and varied cast, including Zoe Kazan (The Big Sick), James Franco (11.22.63), Tyne Daly (Spiderman: Homecoming) and Stephen Root (Boardwalk Empire).

Cindy Holland, Netflix’s VP of Original Content commented “The Coens are visionary directors, masterful storytellers, and colorful linguists. We are thrilled for Netflix to become home to the full range of their talents.”

The Coen Brothers themselves also had something to say about the project. The brothers released a joint statement saying “We are streaming motherf—ers!”

The series is due for airing in 2018.

Carolyn Hucker