Joel and Ethan Coen are the latest auteurs moving into television, with a new event anthology set in the Old West. Annapurna Television is partnering with the Coen brothers on a limited series Western called “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”. Variety reports that Annapurna intends to pursue an innovative approach that could combine television and theatrical.
The reputed film director brother’s duo wrote the script from an original idea and will direct the project. The Coens will produce “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” through their Mike Zoss Productions label.
Plot details are unknown, though it will intertwine six different story lines. The brothers are no strangers to the genre, with “True Grit” and “No Country for Old Men” on their resume.
The brothers join a list of elite directors who have crossed over to television to further develop stories that could not make it to the big screen. David O Russell is currently working on a series for Amazon starring Julianne Moore and Robert De Niro, and JJ Abrams is writing and directing a limited series with Meryl Streep that is currently being shopped.
The Coens most recently wrote and directed “Hail, Caesar!” and also penned the script for George Clooney’s next directorial effort, “Suburbicon”.