Joel and Ethan Coen’s first TV project, THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS, has been acquired by Netflix and will be released on the streaming service in 2018, it was announced Wednesday.
Produced by Annapurna Television, the six-chapter Western anthology will feature six tales about the American frontier told through the unique and incomparable voice of the Coen brothers. Each chapter will feature a distinct story about the American West.
The Tracking Board reported last month that Tim Blake Nelson would play the title character, and that he’d be joined by James Franco, Zoe Kazan, Tyne Daly, Stephen Root and Ralph Ineson. Netflix confirmed Nelson’s casting but didn’t mention any additional members of the sure-to-be esteemed ensemble.
The Coens will write and direct the anthology as well as serve as executive producers alongside Megan Ellison and Sue Naegle from Annapurna Television, and the brothers’ longtime collaborator Robert Graf.
“We are streaming motherfuckers!,” the Coen brothers said in a succinct statement that still managed to capture their excitement, which is surely shared by their millions of fans.
“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, VP of original content at Netflix.
Netflix recently bowed the solid crime series Ozark this summer, and the streaming service is currently gearing up for the October premieres of Mindhunter and the second season of Stranger Things.
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief