Oscar-winning directors Joel and Ethan Coen have suddenly entered the award season race this year as their planned six-episode Netflix anthology series “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” has reportedly been reworked into a feature film.
Variety reports that the resulting film maintains a chaptered anthology structure and, though expected to hit Netflix’s streaming service by year’s end, it will aim for a theatrical release to qualify for Oscar consideration. In an amusing statement, the Coens say:
“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.”
Tim Blake Nelson, Zoe Kazan, Liam Neeson and Tom Waits lead the cast of the film which marks the Coens’ first-ever digital photography production. It is set for a world premiere in competition at the Venice Film Festival which kicks off at the end of August.