Coen Brothers Plan First TV Show with Western Buster Scruggs
Hollywood is doing just fine. Movies are making a lot of money, well at least a certain type of movie is making a lot of money. For those who don't want to make superhero movies or big, glitzy blockbusters, there are other avenues to explore, especially in the new golden age of television. That being the case, The Coen Brothers are making the jump to TV for the first time.
According to a report from Variety, Joel and Ethan Coen's next script, a western called The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, is going to be turned into a limited TV series. The directing duo has teamed with Annapurna Television to produce the series, but the idea is that it will be a multi-platform project. The plan is to somehow produce Buster Scruggs for TV but to also incorporate a theatrical release of some kind. It wasn't made clear exactly how that would work, but that is the plan according to Variety.
It isn't clear how Joel and Ethan Coen are going to divide up directing duties for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, but they are going to produce the series through their Mike Zoss Productions company. Megan Ellison and Annapurna Television's president of television, Sue Naegle are on board the project as Executive Producers, which seems to sit fine with the brothers, even if their comment on it was a bit dry. Here is what they had to say.
"We are very excited to be working with Megan and Sue on this project."
Details on The Ballad of Buster Scruggs are being kept under wraps, but it is said that it will follow six different storylines and it will be a western. According to the report, the reason it is going to be a miniseries is that the scope of it was just too much to fit into one movie. The western genre is something The Coen Brothers are quite familiar with, even if they have never done a TV show before. Their most recent western effort was 2010's True Grit, but their most well known is 2008's No Country for Old Men, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Joel and Ethan Coen definitely aren't the first directors to make the jump to TV recently. David O. Russell is currently working on an Amazon series which Julianne Moore and Robert De Niro are going to star in. Amazon also has a series from Hollywood legend Woody Allen called Crisis in Six Scenes. Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Trek director J.J. Abrams is also working on a series called The Nix with Meryl Streep, but he did get his start writing and producing TV, so that is a little less foreign to him. There is no word yet on when The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is going to air or where it will ultimately end up, but we will be sure to keep you updated as more details become available.