Following the success of the TV series, Fargo, loosely based on their iconic film, the Coen Brothers are finally coming to TV in collaboration with Annapurna Television. Not directly involved in the production of Fargo, this time the brothers are set to both write and direct the new miniseries.
The limited series, named The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, described as a “Western anthology” will follow six different storylines.
It is no surprise that the Coen Brothers chose to set their new project in the Old West, having already mastered the Western genre in both True Grit, and the Academy Award winner for Best Picture, No Country for Old Men.
The Coen Brothers are not the first to cross over to the small screen and follow a long list of directors, such as David O. Russell, who is currently working on a series for Amazon starring Julianne Moore and Robert De Niro and J.J Abrams who is writing and directing a miniseries based on Nathan Hill’s novel, The Nix, with Meryl Streep.
The reason behind this sudden move is perhaps the nature of miniseries, which provide more room for story and characters’ development, always so central to the directors.
From the brilliant Marge Gunderson in Fargo, to the comic Ulysses Everett McGill in O Brother Where Art Thou to the terrific Anton Chiguh in No Country for Old Men, the brothers have always managed to create truly memorable characters, almost impossible to forget.
Annapurna announced it aimed to pursue an innovative approach by combining both a television and theatrical release. We do not have a clear plot yet but if the Coen Brothers are involved we know it will be brilliant or at the very least, entertaining!