Coens to write and direct Netflix series ‘Ballad of Buster Scruggs’
New Western Anthology series headed to Netflix
Netflix announced a new project called “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” which will be written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. The project will be produced by Annapurna Television, and is currently scheduled to release in 2018 for Netflix members around the world.
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.
Academy Award winners Joel and Ethan Coen will write and direct the anthology, as well as serve as executive producers. Megan Ellison and Sue Naegle from Annapurna Television will also serve as executive producers, along with longtime Coen Brothers collaborator Robert Graf. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is an Annapurna Television production and will premiere in 2018.
“We are streaming motherf******!,” said Joel Coen and Ethan Coen.
“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,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President, Original Content for Netflix.
Annapurna Television is under the leadership of Annapurna Founder Megan Ellison and President of Television Sue Naegle. Currently, they are in pre-production on the HBO limited series “Today Will Be Different,” based on Maria Semple’s novel and set to star Julia Roberts, the adult animated series “Amberville,” for Amazon, and “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” for Netflix.
The latest works from the Coens include being Executive producers on the “Fargo” series at FX. The duo also produced, wrote and directed the mystery-comedy “Hail, Caesar!” starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, and Alden Ehrenreich. Currently attached to be featured in the anthology series are Charles Ash, Brian Brown, and Tyne Daly, but more casting updates will be announced at a future date.