The latest movie from Joel and Ethan Coen, which features an ensemble cast that includes Liam Neeson, Tyne Daly, Tom Waits and Tim Blake Nelson, will be released in theaters in the U.S., according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Western anthology, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” premiered today in competition at the Venice Film Festival.
“Speaking at the press conference in Venice, the pair said they began writing some of the stories that ended up in the film ‘some 25 years ago’ and slowly compiled them before coming up with the idea to combine them into a single movie,” THR reports. “Initially the Coens had planned to turn the stories into an anthological TV series for Netflix, which backed ‘Buster Scruggs’ and is releasing the film worldwide.”
Netflix has sparked controversy as it moves into feature films, with some film festivals resisting the idea of opening the competition to the streaming service. Joel Coen alluded to the issue in Venice, saying: “The fact there are companies that are financing and making movies outside of the mainstream is very important. It keeps the art form alive. The more, the merrier.”
The report describes the film as “a collection of short Western movies tied together as chapters in a book.”