So, here's some interesting news about The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs, the new Coen Brothers project that's headed our way via the folks at Annapurna: according to The Albuquerque Journal (and as spotted by The Playlist), the series is actually a "feature-length omnibus" comprised of six individual stories.
Why it's being referred to as a "feature-length omnibus" rather than "an anthology series" isn't entirely clear, but the plot descriptions for each installment sound pretty great. Here's how they've got it broken down:
The first of the six is about a singing cowboy and is the title story.
The second, “Near Algodones,” is about a high-plains drifter whose own fecklessness dogs his attempts at bank robbery and cattle driving.
The third, “Meal Ticket,” follows an actor and impresario of a traveling show.
The fourth, “All Gold Canyon,” is about a prospector who happily finds a gold seam but then unhappily finds an evil encroacher.
The fifth, “The Gal Who Got Rattled,” follows two trail bosses on the Oregon Trail and a woman on the wagon train who needs the help of one of them and who might be a marriage prospect for the other.
Lastly, “The Mortal Remains,” about the five very different passengers on a stagecoach of mysterious destination.
Yup. Every one of those stories sounds very Coen Bros. in nature. We're still not clear on how it's all going to fit together - will each installment stand on its own under the Ballad Of Buster Scruggs banner? Will they overlap? Thread through one another? - but you can rest assured that we are standing by and waiting to learn more.
Until then, here's a recommendation: maybe take this weekend to revisit True Grit, a movie we all loved but simply don't talk about enough. I'm adding it to my to-do list as we speak.