One day after announcing a deal with David Letterman for a new talk series set for 2018, Netflix has made yet another splash. The streaming service revealed Wednesday it will debut an anthology Western Joel and Ethan Coen called The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. The project will premiere in 2018.
According to a press release, “The Western anthology will feature six tales about the American frontier told through the unique and incomparable voice of Joel and Ethan Coen. Each chapter will feature a distinct story about the American West. The project will star Tim Blake Nelson as Buster, and many others.” (Nelson starred in the Coen brothers’ O Brother Where Art Thou?)
The so-called “anthology” will be written and directed by the Coen brothers and executive produced by Megan Ellison and Sue Naegle from Annapurna Television (the Coens will also serve as executive producers alongside Robert Graf).
Said the Coens in a statement: “We are streaming motherf—ers!”
Added Netflix original content VP Cindy Holland with less profanity: “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.”
The Coen brothers’ last feature film was 2016’s Hail, Caesar! The brothers won best director and best picture for their 2007 classic, No Country for Old Men, and each possess four total Academy Awards.