Details revealed for the Coen Bros’ TV Western The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

By ·July 1, 2017 10:50 am

After much silence, plot details have finally surfaced for the Coen Brothers’ upcoming TV Western, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. The Coens will follow up last year’s Hail Caesar! with a six-part anthology show in partnership with Annapurna Television, which was announced back in January.

All of the six episodes have recently been given synopses, which are as follows:

“The first of the six is about a singing cowboy and is the title story.

The second, “Near Algodones”, is about a high-plains drifter whose own fecklessness dogs his attempts at bank robbery and cattle driving.

The third, “Meal Ticket”, follows an actor and impresario of a traveling show.

The fourth, “All Gold Canyon”, is about a prospector who happily finds a gold seam but then unhappily finds an evil encroacher.

The fifth, “The Gal Who Got Rattled”,  follows two trail bosses on the Oregon Trail and a woman on the wagon train who needs the help of one of them and who might be a marriage prospect for the other.

Lastly, “The Mortal Remains”, is about the five very different passengers on a stagecoach of mysterious destination.”

The entire show was scripted by the Coens, from an original idea. This is different to their prior Western outing, which was a remake of True Grit. Equally, their popular 2007 film No Country for Old Men (which held Western elements) was an adaptation of a Cormac McCarthy novel. So this will be first time that the Coens create their own Western narrative.

The Coen brothers directing Jeff Bridges on the set of True Grit.

While the show was originally reported to include six separate episodes, it now looks like it might be aired as one “feature-length omnibus consisting of six separate stories,” rather than as six individual segments. Filming will take place in Santa Fe and much of the talent is being sourced from New Mexico. There is no news yet on which actors or actresses will take on the leading roles.

With the huge success of the television show Fargo, which the Coens executive produced, there is no doubt that this foray into the television arena is a great move for them. We’ll keep you updated on The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, which is pencilled in for a 2018 release.

Image credits: Coen bros, Paramount Pictures

H/T: Screen Rant

Written by Christopher Hart

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Chris is a Copywriter for a major bank. He an MA in Publishing and a BA in Comparative Literature. He's also a self-published author (Altered Stone).

His areas of interest include LOST, The Leftovers, The Prisoner, Y: The Last Man, Supergirl, Wonder Woman, BioShock, Supergiant Games and Josh Malerman.

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