Coen brothers take their first TV project, a Western anthology series, to Netflix

Joel and Ethan Coen’s Western TV series has landed at Netflix.

The writer-director brothers are behind The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, a six-episode anthology that will tell a different story, with new stars in each episode, a revived TV trend. The episodes will be released in 2018.

Tim Blake Nelson, featured in the Coens’ 2000 film O Brother, Where Art Thou? stars as Scruggs. Netflix declined to identify other cast members, but IMDb lists Zoe Kazan (The Big Sick), Tyne Daly, James Franco and Stephen Root as stars of individual episodes.

Each installment tells a different story about the frontier era of the American West, focusing on characters including a singing cowboy, Oregon trail bosses, a high-plains drifter and a prospector. 

The producers are best known for writing and directing acclaimed films including Fargo (1996), No Country for Old Men and The Big Lebowski (1998). Their previous Westerns include a 2010 True Grit remake and No Country, which won the Oscar for best picture of 2007. Fargo has also been adapted, by Noah Hawley, for three limited series on FX. 

In a statement, Cindy Holland, Netflix’s VP for original content, calls the Coens “visionary directors, masterful storytellers, and colorful linguists.”

The Coens statement? “We are streaming mother——-!”

 

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