A day after it announced a project with David Letterman, Netflix has landed the Coen brothers.
Joel and Ethan Coen will write and direct a six-episode anthology called “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” which is set to premiere next year. Tim Blake Nelson (“O Brother, Where Art Thou?”) will play the title character.
“We are streaming motherf***ers!” the brothers say in a statement.
In a more elaborate statement, Cindy Holland, Netflix’s vice president for original content, says, “The Coens are visionary directors, masterful storytellers, and colorful linguists. We are thrilled for Netflix to become home to the full range of their talents.”
(Not for nothing, Netflix’s announcement landed during the summer TV press tour session for FX — the home of “Fargo,” on which the Coens serve as exec producers but aren’t hands-on.)
“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” will be an old-school anthology, with each episode telling a separate story. Nelson’s Scruggs will presumably provide some kind of connective tissue, but Netflix’s press release emphasizes twice that each episode “will feature a distinct story about the American West.”
The Coens will executive produce the show with Robert Graf, who’s been a producer on a number of their films, and Megan Ellison and Sue Naegle of Annapurna Television.