The Coen Brothers Make the Jump to TV with The Ballad of Buster Scruggs


It looks like Joel and Ethan Coen are the latest filmmakers getting ready to embrace episodic entertainment on the small screen, although in an interesting twist, we are hearing that their next project may not completely bypass theatres either. Annapurna Television is reportedly partnering with them on a new mini-series called The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, which will mark their first time writing and directing for TV. The Coens are listed as executive producers on FX’s Fargo series, but their creative involvement has been fairly limited. They had previously stated that they didn’t have much interest in TV because they only think in terms of two hour stories, but apparently this time they’ve got something bigger up their sleeves. Hit the jump to find out what we know.

According to Variety, The Coen Brothers are teaming with Annapurna Television for a limited series set in the Old West called The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. The Coens wrote the script themselves and also plan to produce and direct, while Megan Ellison and Sue Naegle will serve as executive producers. Plot details are being kept under wraps although it is believed that the show will feature six different interconnecting story lines.

The story is apparently big enough that it may end up being more than just a TV mini-series, however, with The Coens contemplating a potential theatrical tie-in as well. It is unclear what exactly that might entail, but comparisons are being made to Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s original multi-platform plan for Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, which would have included a series of films plus a TV series. Either way, it should be interesting to see what The Coen Brothers do with a longer run time and a return to the western genre. Are you excited to see The Coen Brothers make the move to TV?

  • Deven Science

    Man, I still haven’t seen their last two movies. Gotta get on that.