Coen Brothers Netflix series to be released as movie
The Netflix Original project has been made ready for Oscar season.
The proposed TV series from the Coen Brothers has been changed into a film release.
The series, titled The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, was initially announced as an anthology series to be streamed on Netflix, but will now be released as a 132-minute film.
Ballad of Buster Scruggs was set to be a Western anthology series, featuring six stories about the American West.
The film will still retain the anthology element, but will not be split into separate episodes.
It will make its debut at the Venice Film Festival in August and will see a theatrical release at the end of the year, in order to make it eligible for the Academy Awards.
Despite this, Netflix viewers will also be able to stream it on the service at the same time, with the project being a full Netflix production.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs stars Tim Blake Nelson (pictured) alongside Zoe Kazan, Liam Neeson and Tom Waits.
The film was shot with the Arri Alexa camera by Inside Llewyn Davis cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel, making it the first Coen Brothers film to be shot on digital photography.
The choice to release the project as a film suggests that the Coens believe it could have serious clout during Oscar season, with the directing duo already being nominated for 14 Academy Awards, winning Best Screenplay for Fargo and Best Directors and Adapted Screenplay for No Country for Old Men.
Buster Scruggs will join a host of projects from big-name directors on Netflix this year, with Alfonso Cuaron’s drama Roma, Paul Greengrass’ 22 July and the lost Orson Welles film The Other Side of the Wind all hitting the platform.