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By April M. Brown
Oscar winning directors Ethan and Joel Coen are bringing their unique brand of storytelling back to New Mexico in the upcoming western anthology “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.” The limited series will begin filming in New Mexico this July, and it’s rumored that hundreds of background talent will be tapped for the production.
There is currently no word on plot or casting details, except that the story will be set in the old west and involve six intertwining story lines. The Coen brothers penned the script based on an original concept, and the series will mark the brothers’ television directorial debut. According to a recent report in Variety, “The scope of the project seemed too challenging to be covered in one feature film.” The show is not yet associated with a particular television network.
The Coen brothers are partnering with Annapurna Television, a relatively new production company launched by Annapurna Pictures and headed by former HBO President of
Entertainment Sue Naegle. Both Naegle (Outcast) and Megan Ellison (American Hustle, Her, Zero Dark Thirty) will serve as executive producers on the series. Sources told Variety in January that Annapurna “intends to pursue an innovative approach that could combine television and theatrical.”
In addition to writing and directing “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” the Coens will also produce the series through their Mike Zoss Productions – the same production company behind such films as “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and, most recently, “Hail, Caesar!”
The Coen brothers are no stranger to the western genre or New Mexico, having used the state’s scenic landscapes before in the films “True Grit” and “No Country for Old Men.”
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