Coen Brothers' 'The Ballad of Buster Scruggs' will be an anthology feature
'The Ballad of Buster Scruggs' was originally supposed to have six standalone episodes but has now been transformed into an anthology feature film
The Coen Brothers will probably once again make it to the Oscars as they are releasing their upcoming movie 'The Ballad of Buster Scruggs'. The film made a surprise entry at the 2018 Venice Film Festival which also included films like Alfonso Cuaron's 'Roma' and Yorgos Lanthimos' 'The Favorite'. The film will debut at Venice and will be distributed by Netflix in September this year.
Initially projected as a Western anthology series the film is being teased by Annapurna TV which is an offshoot of Megan Ellison's stellar production arm Annapurna Pictures as "an innovative television and theatrical integrated approach" which basically means that certain parts of the anthology will receive a theatrical release. Although the show was initially not set up at any network, Netflix took up the distribution of the show in April 2017 and the Coen brothers marked the pick up by claiming, "We are streaming, motherf***rs." The limited series, which was originally supposed to feature as six standalone episodes, has now been transformed into an anthology feature film.
The film was confirmed at the July 25 Venice announcement. The Coens reportedly said in a statement to Variety, "We’ve always loved anthology movies, especially those films made in Italy in the Sixties which set side-by-side the work of different directors on a common theme... Having written an anthology of Western stories we attempted to do the same, hoping to enlist the best directors working today. It was our great fortune that they both agreed to participate.”
The cast of the film will include the 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?' star Tim Blake Nelson, along with Zoe Kazan, Liam Neeson, and Tom Waits.
'The Ballad of Buster Scruggs' has also reunited the Coen Brothers with their 'Inside Llewyn Davis' cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel (received Oscar nomination for filming 'Inside Llewyn Davis') who shot the film with Arri Alexa camera, making 'The Ballad' the Coens' very first film to be shot on a digital camera.
The Coens are also working with some of their regular collaborators including composer Carter Burwell, production designer Jess Gonchor, and costume designer Mary Zophres. 'The Ballad' too might just put the Oscar jury for some serious considering as most of their films have always done.
Known for movies like 'No Country for Old Men' and 'The Big Lebowski', Ethan and Joel Coen have been nominated for almost 14 Academy Awards, and have won the award for the Best Original Screenplay for 'Fargo' and the best director, picture and adapted screenplay awards for their 2007 movie 'No Country for Old Men'. Their 2010 film on the Western life 'True Grit' was nominated for 10 Academy Awards. 'The Ballad of Buster Scruggs' is set to debut on Netflix and will probably hit the theatres sometime later this year. The other major contenders from the streaming service include 'Roma' and Paul Greengrass' '22 July'.