As Variety reported exclusively in January, the Coens are developing a Western anthology titled “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.” It will feature six tales about the American frontier. Each chapter will feature a different story about the American West. The project will star Tim Blake Nelson as Buster.
“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 of original content for Netflix.
Joel and Ethan Coen will executive produce, write, and direct the project. Megan Ellison and Sue Naegle from Annapurna Television will also serve as executive producers, along with longtime Coen Brothers collaborator Robert Graf. Annapurna Television will produce. It is expected to launch in 2018.
“We are streaming motherf—ers!,” the Coens said in a joint statement.
The Oscar-winning siblings are the latest in a long line of filmmakers who have made the transition to television. Among many others, the Wachowski sisters brought “Sense8” to Netflix in 2015. Though that show was canceled after two seasons, Netflix recently announced they will air a finale special. In addition, Ava DuVernay currently serves as the showrunner on the OWN series “Queen Sugar.” David O. Russell and Woody Allen also both have projects in the work at Amazon, with Allen debuting the series “Crisis in Six Scenes” on the streamer last September.