When she premiered Top of the Lake, Oscar and Palme D’Or winner Jane Campion said, ‘Television is the new frontier. Film is conservative. I’m sick of it.’ In her footsteps, many major film directors have followed: David Lynch came back to TV, Cary Joji Fukunaga’s coming to Netflix, someone let Woody fucking Allen make an Amazon series, and now even the Coen Brothers are getting in on the act. Hey, Fargo worked out pretty well and that wasn’t even their gig, so why not join in?
The dynamic duo’s planned anthology series The Ballad of Buster Scruggs will officially be heading to Netflix in 2018. Produced by Annapurna, who are also getting into the TV game, the show will feature six tales of the American frontier as imagined through the oft-imitated scope of the Coens. Think True Grit but with Tim Blake Nelson in the lead.
Some directors have expressed skepticism in the Netflix streaming model, but that holds no mystique for the Coens, who said in the press release, ‘We are streaming motherfuckers!’
The brothers’ most recent film was 2016’s Hail, Caesar!, although they also hold writing credits on George Clooney’s upcoming drama Suburbicon.