The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

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Surprise! The Coen Brothers shared a classic statement on their change of tune for "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs."

Last year, Joel and Ethan Coen announced they were joining the streaming circuit with this six-episode series. Each episode was meant to tell a different story with a different cast. Tim Blake Nelson was meant to play the title character.

Well, some of that is still true. But now, Variety reports, the Netflix Original Series has been adapted into a feature film -- but it still maintains its anthology format.

"The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" -- still starring Tim Blake Nelson, but also Zoe Kazan, Liam Neeson, and Tom Waits, among others -- will have its world premiere in competition at the Venice Film Festival. So the Oscar-winning Coen Brothers are back in competition for more trophies.

Here's their wonderful statement:
"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."

Haha. Netflix users will still be able to watch the film when it arrives on the streamer sometime later this year. "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" will also get a limited theatrical release to qualify for Oscar contention.

Maybe we'll even get lucky someday and the Coens will re-edit the whole thing back into a six-episode anthology, since a movie is certain to leave a lot of material out.

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