Coen Brothers ‘Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ TV Series Lands at Netflix for 2018
If Netflix can bring David Letterman back to TV, you can bet they’d have a good shot at landing the Coen brothers. The revered directing pair have officially joined Netflix as the home of new western anthology series The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, set for a 2018 premiere.
Even as the project had been in development for some time (enough to produce episode summaries), Netflix confirmed they’d landed the six-episode series with an eye to premiere in 2018. Here’s the synopsis, which cements Tim Blake Nelson in the title role:
The Western anthology will feature six tales about the American frontier told through the unique and incomparable voice of Joel and Ethan Coen. Each chapter will feature a distinct story about the American West. The project will star Tim Blake Nelson as Buster, and many others.
Unusually, we also have to censor Joel and Ethan Coen’s brief response to the announcement:
We are streaming motherf—ers!
The Coens will partner with Annapurna TV, writing and directing all six episodes with a concept they deemed “too challenging to be covered in one feature film.” Megan Ellison and Annapurna Television president Sue Naegle will executive produce alongside the Coens.
We’ll see who else ends up joining the series (as well what became of a “theatrical component”), but are all our great directors belong to Netflix? stay tuned for more from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.