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    Change of plans for Coen brothers’ ‘Ballad’

    Ethan (left) and Joel Coen, co-writer-directors of “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.”
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    Ethan (left) and Joel Coen, co-writer-directors of “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.”

    Last year, I reported that the Coen brothers were coming to TV with an anthology series called “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.” It was going to be a Netflix show starring Tim Blake Nelson, with six different stories in six episodes.

    But the plan has changed significantly. The brothers have announced that the “Buster Scruggs” project is now a 132-minute movie, with six chapters in it, and it will premiere at the Venice Film Festival. Ultimately, after a few theatrical releases to qualify for Oscar consideration, the movie, which the Coens have written and directed, will land on Netflix, most likely by the end of the year.

    Little is known about the story lines at this point. In addition to Nelson, who plays the titular character. the cast includes Zoe Kazan, Liam Neeson, and Tom Waits.

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    Matthew Gilbert can be reached at gilbert@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.