The Coen Brothers announce details of Tom Waits-featuring new movie ‘The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs’

The film was previously set to a six-part Netflix anthology

The Coen Brothers have confirmed some details of their next movie, The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs.

The filmmaker duo of Joel and Ethan Coen had previously said their next project would be a six-part anthology series, which would be available on Netflix. However, today’s reports reveal those plans have changed slightly.

Instead of a series, The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs will now take the form of a feature film. However, it will still be structured like an anthology and will still stream on Netflix, as well as receiving a cinema release later this year. The movie will premiere at Venice Film Festival in August.


Tim Blake Nelson will play the titular lead role, while Zoe Kazan, Liam Neeson and Tom Waits will also appear in the film. No further details about the movie have been released at present.

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’ last film release came in the form of 2017’s Suburbicon. The crime comedy starred Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, and Oscar Isaac, and was directed by George Clooney.

In 2016, the pair admitted they weren’t fans of the spin-off TV show of their 1996 crime movie Fargo. The original movie starred Frances McDormand as a pregnant sheriff in a sleepy North Dakota town and William H Macy as a car salesman who hatches an ill-fated plan to have his wife kidnapped.