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Coen brothers prep TV first

US filmmaking legends the Coen brothers are making their first major move into TV with an anthology miniseries about the Wild West.

Joel and Ethan Coen

Joel (left) and Ethan Coen

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs will be produced with Annapurna Television, which was launched by US-based Annapurna Pictures in 2016 and is headed by president of TV Sue Naegle.

The former HBO president of entertainment joined the newly formed TV division in September to focus on building the label’s slate for broadcast, cable and digital platforms.

The Coen brothers’ show is set for TV but could also involve a theatrical release, according to Variety, which broke the news.

Joel and Ethan Coen write and direct through their firm Mike Zoss Productions, with Naegle attached as exec producer.

The Coen brothers said they were “excited” to be working on the project with Naegle and Annapurna founder Megan Ellison.

Details of the story remain under wraps but it is expected to include multiple storylines.

It comes in the wake of the duo’s 2011 Western movie True Grit and marks the Coen brothers’ first full entry into TV. Their 1995 movie Fargo is into its third season on FX, with the duo attached as exec producers.

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