Following many of their fellow film directors to the small screen news has reached us this morning that The Coen Brothers are to write and direct their first TV series. Teaming with Megan Ellison and Sue Naegle the Coens recently signed up as Executive Producers for the TV show based on their 1996 film Fargo, though this new show, which goes under the title of ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’, will see the duo taking a far more hands on role.
The brothers are teaming with Annapurna who are developing Maria Semple’s Today Will be Different with Julia Roberts attached to star. The Coens last film was 2016’s Hail, Caesar! which has been overlooked of late, and will undoubtedly join A Serious Man and Burn After Reading as one of their underrated classics.
The line between film and television has become increasingly blurred of late. Next Sunday cinemas around the country will screen the final episode of the BBC’s flagship drama series Sherlock. This comes a year after Game of Thrones’ dramatic finale episodes to Season Six played in cinemas across the world. Variety‘s sources hint that the directing siblings may look to combine a theatrical and televisual release, though there are no details exactly how that would work.
The Coens’ previous film, in particular True Grit and No Country for Old Men, show their affinity with the Western genre. The series is said to combine six individual stories, and is going into production as a limited television series, with no focus on a cinematic component. Perhaps we’ll see what many are hoping for George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones – a series concluding with a one off big screen adventure.