The Coen brothers are headed to television with a new series. Academy Award winners Joel and Ethan Coen will write and direct the Western anthology “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” for Netflix.
The brothers will also executive produce. Megan Ellison and Sue Naegle from Annapurna Television will also serve as executive producers, along with longtime Coen brothers collaborator Robert Graf.
The series, to be produced by Annapurna Television, will premiere in 2018. Tim Blake Nelson will star in the title role.
“The Western anthology will feature six tales about the American frontier told through the unique and incomparable voice of Joel and Ethan Coen,” Netflix said in announcing the project today. “Each chapter will feature a distinct story about the American West.”
Cindy Holland, vice president of original content for Netflix, commented in the announcement: “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.”