Legendary duo Joel and Ethan Coen have shared the first visuals – a 2-minute teaser trailer – of their new Western film titled The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. The film, which stars Tim Blake Nelson, James Franco, Zoe Kazan, and rock and blues icon Tom Waits, was originally meant to be a 6-part TV series aired on Netflix. This would have been the Coen brothers’ first venture into television.
After announcing in July that it was going to be full-length feature film, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs just went on to win the award for Best Screenplay at the Venice Film Festival, this year.
In a statement, the Coen Brothers said: “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.”
The Coen brothers are on a roll, with last year’s Clooney-directed Suburbicon, and the pair have reportedly been working on a film about the dark net, chronicling the true story of the digital drugs marketplace Silk Road, and its kingpin, Ross William Ulbricht.