“Netflix and the Coen brothers are a perfect fit,” we declared in our recent review of The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, the directing duo’s new movie. Now, you can see it for yourselves with the first trailer for the Western anthology.
Starting out as a series, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs evolved into a feature film compendium instead: a series of six tales within one movie about the American frontier. Each chapter tells a distinct story about the American West, from the sad and the funny to the chilling and the musical.
“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs isn’t just one masterpiece, but a collection of several masterpieces,” we hailed in our verdict from the Venice Film Festival, where the film had its world premiere. With a case that includes Tim Blake Nelson, James Franco, Liam Neeson, Harry Melling and Tom Waits, it’s become one of Netflix’s main contenders in this year’s awards race: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs by Joel and Ethan Coen won the Venice Film Festival Award for Best Screenplay, chosen by a jury including Guillermo del Toro, Taika Waititi, Christoph Waltz and Naomi Watts.
The film is exec-produced by Joel and Ethan Coen, alongside Megan Ellison and Sue Naegle from Annapurna Television and longtime Coen Brothers collaborator Robert Graf. It will be released by Netflix in UK cinemas and online on Friday 16th November.
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The Coens come to Netflix with Western anthology The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
10th August 2017
The Coen Brothers are coming to Netflix.
That sentence alone is all you really need to know, as the directing duo’s hit rate over their diverse, distinctive career is second to none. Oscar winners for No Country for Old Men back in 2007, they saddled back up for more Western action in True Grit, and now, they’re riding into the Wild West again for a new Netflix project: The Battle of Buster Scruggs.
The anthology will feature six tales about the American frontier. Each chapter will feature a separate story about the American West. The project will star Tim Blake Nelson as Buster, and many others.
Joel and Ethan Coen will write and direct the anthology, as well as serve as executive producers, with Megan Ellison and Sue Naegle from Annapurna Television also on EP duties, along with longtime Coen Brothers collaborator Robert Graf.
“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,” says Cindy Holland, Vice President, Original Content for Netflix.
“We are streaming motherfuckers!,” add Joel Coen and Ethan Coen.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is an Annapurna Television production and will premiere in 2018.
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