Ethan and Joel Coen are the latest Hollywood star directors to create original content for a streaming service, working on The Ballad of Buster Scruggs on Netflix.


Their six-part Western anthology will air in 2018, and the sibling duo will write, direct, and executive produce the series. Tim Blake Nelson, who worked with the Coen brothers in 2000’s O Brother, Where Art Thou?, has been cast as the title role of Buster. In a statement released today, Ethan said, “We are streaming, motherf–kers!”

The series will not follow a linear plotline, but rather each episode in the six-part series will tell a different story about life in the American “wild” west.

The Coen brothers are not the first Hollywood heavyweights to venture into the world of streaming. Woody Allen flubbed his first outing with the vastly panned Crisis in Six ScenesDavid Fincher is looking to have better luck with his serial killer crime drama Mindhunter. And Ava DuVernau is working on her second project on Netflix, about the Central Park Five.

While The Ballad of Buster Scruggs has no official release date, it can be expected to premiere sometime in 2018.

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