"We are streaming motherfuckers!" the brothers said in a joint statement.
Nelson previously worked for The Coen Brothers in O Brother, Where Art Thou? as Delmar O'Donnell, one of three escaped convicts (George Clooney, Jon Turturro) who were looking for a treasure after breaking free from a chain gang in Mississippi. We'd imagine with the success of Noah Hawley's episodic take on their material-Fargo, naturally-Joel and Ethan saw how well their darkly comedic tone can translate to TV, and being on Netflix means they can have all the swearing and violence they want.
The Western genre and anthology medium seem like a ideal combination for the Coen brothers, who have made films in both these veins with great success.
"The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" will be an old-school anthology, with each episode telling a separate story. In order to help curve its reliance on outside content Netflix is in the works of making its slate of offerings 50 percent original programming. The Western is a staple of the Coen brothers' films, and they've recently explored more anthology-style storytelling with Hail Caesar!
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs will premiere on Netflix in 2018.
After assembling a cast of lead actors for the new show - most notably including Tim Blake Nelson, Zoe Kazan, Tyne Daly, Stephen Root, Ralph Ineson, and James Franco - fans of the Coen brothers have plenty to look forward to. Each different episode will, apparently, "feature a distinct story about the American West".
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