Coen Brothers’ The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is now a movie
It was revealed today that the Coen Brothers’ upcoming Netflix project, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, has transformed from the intended mini-series to a full-length film. The movie has been set to premiere at the Venice Film Festival before being released later this year on Netflix.
The project was originally going to be a Western anthology, which would feature six tales about the American frontier told through the voice of Joel and Ethan Coen. Each chapter was going to feature a distinct story about the American West.
“We’ve always loved anthology movies, especially those films made in Italy in the Sixties which set side-by-side the work of different directors on a common theme,” the pair said in a statement. “Having written an anthology of Western stories we attempted to do the same, hoping to enlist the best directors working today. It was our great fortune that they both agreed to participate.”
Tim Blake Nelson (Fantastic Four) stars as the titular Scruggs. Other cast members named are Zoe Kazan (The Big Sick), Liam Neeson (The Commuter), and Tom Waits (Seven Psychopaths) among others.
Academy Award winners Joel and Ethan Coen will write and direct. Megan Ellison and Sue Naegle from Annapurna Television will also serve as executive producers, along with longtime Coen Brothers collaborator Robert Graf. Cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel (Inside Llewyn Davis, Darkest Hour) shot the film with the Arri Alexa camera, making The Ballad of Buster Scruggs the Coens’ first-ever digital photography production.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is expected to be released on Netflix’s streaming service by the end of the year. It’ll also be released theatrically to qualify for Oscar consideration. There is no word yet on a specific release date.