Coen Brothers Netflix Mini-Series, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” to Compete for Golden Lion at Venice

Image result for the ballad of buster scruggs coen

Just as news broke of actor Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut, “A Star is Born” expected to have its world premiere, out of competition, at this year’s Venice Film Festival [Variety], festival insider Cédric Succivalli, a trustworthy source for festival news, just tweeted additional news:
“On top of the US titles @Variety has already announced, The Coen BrosRick AlversonBrady Corbet and Julian Schnabel to Compete for the Golden Lion.”
The Coens? That’s right, those brilliant Coen Brothers are expected to premiere a mini-series titled “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” a Western anthology that they wrote and directed for Netflix. The film will screen in competition. Will we have the same "does it count as a movie?" debate as last year with "Twin Peaks"? I do expect, if it is any good, critics will not hesitate to put it on their year-end top lists.

It is quite thrilling to see all these great directors make the switch to TV. The last few years, legendary directors such as Martin Scorsese, David Lynch, David Fincher, Woody Allen, Steven Soderbergh, Spike Lee, Todd Haynes, and Ridley Scott have made the switch to television. 

Last we heard from Joel and Ethan Coen was in 2016 when they released "Hail, Caesar" a film which I desperately need to re-watch considering I didn't think much of it upon release. As far as those kind of off-beat, "light" comedies the Coens are known to release in between their darker dramas, 'Caesar' felt a little flat, in other words, it didn't reach the levels of "The Big Lebowski," and "Burn After Reading," it was more in line with their lower-tier stuff such as "The Ladykillers," "Intolerable Cruelty," and, as much as I thought it was a 'watchable' affair, 1994's "The Hudsucker Proxy"

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a mini-series written, directed, and produced by the Coen brothers. It is a collaboration with Annapurna Television that consists of six tales. The series' cast includes James Franco, Zoe Kazan, Tyne Daly, Willie Watson, and Ralph Ineson. Tim Blake Nelson, Stephen Root, Liam Neeson and Brendan Gleeson

The full lineup for Venice is expected to be announced on Wednesday, and the festival itself will begin on August 29 with the screening of Damien Chazelle's "First Man."