If you loved old TV Westerns like The Rifleman, Wanted: Dead Or Alive and The Rebel, get ready for some exciting news. According to Variety, Joel and Ethan Coen are the latest auteurs moving into television, with a new event anthology set in the Old West.
Annapurna Television is partnering with the Coen brothers on a limited series Western called “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.” Sources tell Variety that Annapurna intends to pursue an innovative approach that could combine television and theatrical.
"I'm particularly excited that it's going to be an anthology series, a form which disappeared decades ago. I always think of Dick Powell Presents Zane Grey Theater, and the fact that The Rifleman, Wanted Dead Or Alive, The Westerner, Johnny Ringo and, for all practical purposes The Rebel, all started as one-episode pilots on Zane Grey."
—Henry Parke, Westerns Film Editor, True West magazine
"I hope this is the ultra-violent script they mentioned before settling on True Grit for their "proper Western". They said it featured torture with fire ants and that there was an unforgettable scene involving a chicken."
And thanks to David Lambert, here is the actual quote:
Joel Coen warns: Of course, this being the Coen brothers, you know that will be graphic in its depiction and not just an implied violence. Still, the intent is not to make a horror picture, but a Western says Ethan Coen: