Netflix Lands Coen Brothers’ Anthology Series ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’

Oscar-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen are transitioning to the small screen with a new Western anthology for Netflix Inc, the online streaming company said on Wednesday, the latest talent to join the platform’s growing roster.

The Coen brothers, known for witty crime thrillers such as “Fargo” and “No Country For Old Men,” will write and direct “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” a six-part anthology series set in the American frontier and starring Tim Blake Nelson as Buster, Netflix said in a statement.

The streaming giant has picked up the pair’s Western anthology The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. Produced by Annapurna Television, the project will be written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen and is slated to debut in 2018.

The series will debut in 2018, and comes after the success of cable network FX’s anthology series “Fargo,” an expansion of the Coen brothers’ 1996 film of the same name. The Coens are executive producers on the “Fargo” series but did not write or direct any episodes.

Buster Scruggs will feature six tales about the American frontier. Each chapter will tell a distinct story about the American West, and Tim Blake Nelson will star as Buster.

Annapurna’s Megan Ellison and Sue Naegle will serve as executive producers alongside longtime Coen brothers collaborator Robert Graf and the Coens themselves.

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