The Coen Brothers Announce First TV Show In New Netflix Deal
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Oscar-winning film duo The Coen Brothers announced today that they will be making their television debut on Netflix through an exclusive new deal with the streaming giant.
The duo, brothers Joel and Ethan Coen, will create, write and direct a new six-episode western entitled The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. The show will be set in the era of the American frontier and star Tim Blake Nelson, who previously worked with the Coens on one of their biggest films, the Academy Award-nominated O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Blake starred in the film alongside George Clooney and John Turturro as escaped convict Delmar O’Donnell.) Longtime fans of the Coen Brothers know how well they can pull off a Western–their 2010 remake of Western classic, True Grit, was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
“The Coens are visionary directors, masterful storytellers and colorful linguists,” Cindy Holland, Netflix’s vice president of original content, said in a statement announcing the deal.
The terms of the deal were not released, however it’s a safe bet that if Netflix shelled out approximately $7.5 million for each episode of The Get Down, it is probably paying another pretty penny to get these Oscar winners on board.
The new deal for Netflix comes just a day after the company announced its new arrangement with David Letterman for an exclusive interview series. Netflix has been placing heavy bets on exclusive content, spending even $60 million to get three new specials with Dave Chappelle. Hopefully, Netflix played their cards right with The Coen Brothers, who made some classic scenes like this one below.