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The Coen brothers are doing a Western TV series

The Coen brothers are going to try TV.

As reported by VarietyThe Hollywood Reporter and others, Joel and Ethan Coen (from St. Louis Park, if you somehow hadn’t hear that yet) will script and direct the project – their first foray into TV.

According to Variety: It’s called The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, it’s a Western, it’ll intertwine six storylines (though no details beyond that plot-wise), and it’s going to be shot as a mini series but possibly with a theatrical distribution piece too.

The Coens are no strangers to the Western genre, having done True Grit, and the sort-of Western No Country for Old Men.

What they haven’t worked on before is TV. Their entire writing-directing filmography is in the movies. (They are credited as producers on FX’s Fargo TV series, though they don’t have involvement beyond that.)

Funny too, the Coens in February of 2016 – when asked about the Fargo TV series – had this to say to RadioTimes:

Joel Coen:  “Here’s the thing. We work short. Our longest movie is 2 hours 2 minutes. It’s just not how we think about stories. I mean, after two hours with a character we feel we’re pretty much done with them.”

Ethan Coen added: “Would it be interesting to do something like that at some point? I don’t even know where you’d start frankly.”

No word on a release date for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, or where it might air.

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