Even though their acclaimed 1996 feature film “Fargo” inspired the award-winning FX series of the same name, the Coen brothers — Ethan and Joel — hadn’t created their own TV series … until now.
Variety reports that the filmmakers are about to take their biggest plunge yet into television with a new event anthology set in the Old West.
“Annapurna Television is partnering with the Coen brothers on a limited series Western called ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.’ Sources tell Variety that Annapurna intends to pursue an innovative approach that could combine television and theatrical,” Variety reports. “Joel and Ethan Coen wrote the script from an original idea and will direct the project.”
The brothers will produce the project through their Mike Zoss Productions banner, with Megan Ellison and Annapurna Television’s president of television, Sue Naegle, on board as executive producers.
The Coens have already had a decent taste of the TV game — with overwhelmingly positive results — as executive producers on FX’s “Fargo.” In its two seasons to date, the show has racked up a ton of awards and nominations — including a whopping 18 Emmy nominations for its inaugural season in 2014 (with three wins, including Outstanding Miniseries) and another 18 Emmy nods last year (with two wins).
Variety adds: “It’s still unclear how theatrical distribution could play a part in the project, but the intent is to shoot ‘Buster Scruggs’ as a miniseries. According to sources, the scope of the project seemed too challenging to be covered in one feature film.”