Coen brothers to direct their first TV series

Joel and Ethan Coen are set to write and direct a Western television series, becoming the next of many successful mainstream film directors to take a stab at the medium.

In a brief statement to Variety, the Coen Brothers said "We are very excited to be working with Megan and Sue on this project".

The Coens' latest project was the 2016 comedy "Hail, Caesar!" but they have had their most critical and financial success in the Western genre.


The series would be the first TV project for the Coens, although they gave the OK for their movie "Fargo" to become the FX series that has been an audience and critical hit for two seasons. The brothers are partnering with Annapurna Television on this "innovative approach". The miniseries format was chosen due to the fact that "the scope of the project" was deemed too hard and complex to be addressed "in one feature film", according to sources who spoke with Variety. Plot details remain unknown.

This will be the Coen's second notable foray into true-blue period Westerns, following their 2010 remake of True Grit.

After making a mark in the film industry, Annapurna is now making strides in television and is in pre-production on a limited series adaptation of the novel "Today Will Be Different" by Maria Semple, with Julia Roberts attached to star. With The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs, it will be 100% their vision. Apparently, their idea was too big to be contained in a single feature film, so Annapurna is pursuing a combined TV / theatrical release.

  • Kyle Peterson