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The Coen brothers to make TV debut with The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

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Story by Jack Foley

THE Coen brothers are to make their small screen debut with a mini-series set in the Old West called The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

Joel and Ethan will both write and direct the drama which aims to combine ‘an innovative television and theatrical integrated approach’ – meaning that it could also be released in cinemas.

It is also expected to be a western anthology based on an original idea.

According to Variety, the brothers will work with Annapurna Television – the recently launched off-shoot of Annapurna Pictures, the company behind films including Her, American Hustle and Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master.

The Coens have never previously done anything for the small screen, even though they started working on an hour-long TV movie about a seedy Los Angeles cop, called Harve Karbo, which never saw the light of day.

But they have done a Western before, with 2011’s Oscar-winning True Grit.

One of their films, 1995’s Fargo, has also been made into a successful series – the second anthology of which starred Kirsten Dunst and Ted Danson.

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