“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs:” Coen Brothers Venture into Netflix

“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs:” Coen Brothers Venture into Netflix

Just a few weeks ago, The Coen Brothers made the announcement with Netflix about the upcoming “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.” The project is a Netflix original that is just getting underway by the famous brothers. Just the mention that Joel and Ethan are at the helm is enough to perk the ears of anyone that is familiar with their work. Here is what we know about their latest endeavor so far.

Plot and sequencing

We’re told that the new series will consist of a series of chapters. It is a Western anthology and will include six different tales that center around the American frontier. A segment will be designated for each of the stories that are told. It’s been a while since we’ve seen a new Western frontier series so the project is coming on board just on time for fans of the history of the American west. What will the central theme of the stories be about? The only clue that we’re given currently, is found in the title. It seems to imply some type of conflict, but for now, they’re playing their cards close to the vest.

Cast and crew

The Coens will both write, direct and serve as executive producers of the Netflix Original presentation. In addition, they are joined by longtime Coen Brothers collaborator Robert Graf, along with Sue Naegle and Megan Ellison of Annapurna Television as producers. Although there are not a lot of details being shared about who will appear in the chapters, we’re told that Tim Blake Nelson will take the lead role of Buster Scruggs. We’re ecstatic to hear that the pair will lend their amazing voices to the narration of the anthology.

About the creators

Creating a Western anthology of this magnitude takes the collaboration of many talented professionals. In this instance, the Coens, who are known for their mastery of the language, for their unique and sought after story-telling abilities and for their visionary approach to directing, are taking the lead in the creation of the project. The announcement that the project is being developed is exciting news. Netflix is very pleased to add their content to the company.


Annapurna Television is led by the founder Megan Ellison. She and Sue Naegle are committed to bringing some of the top filmmakers are creators’ work to the fore via the medium of television. They have a keen interest in developing products for cable, digital and broadcast. They are heavily involved in the production of “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” for Netflix among a variety of other projects including HBO’s limited series “Today Will Be Different,” starring Julia Roberts.

Netflix as a carrier

Partnering with Netflix is a good move for any filmmaker, storyteller or production company. The subscription service provider offers services in more than 190 countries throughout the world. At last count, they are 104 million members strong in subscribers. Members have free access to the 125 million of hours featured per day. They maintain a wide selection of television shows, documentaries, feature films and original series, such as the upcoming “Battle of Buster Scruggs.” Members appreciate the fact that they can tune into their favorites around the clock, wherever they have access to an internet connection and a viewing screen. There are never any commercials and viewers may play, pause and resume watching at their leisure.

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