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Coen Brothers Western drama to film in New Mexico

True Grit

Filmmaking siblings Joel and Ethan Coen will shoot their anthology Western TV drama The Ballad of Buster Scruggs in New Mexico.

The series will comprise six different feature-length Western stories and will film largely in the Santa Fe region of the south-west US state from mid-July through to September this year.

“To have filmmakers with the distinction of the Coen Brothers return for a third time is a testament to the quality of our crews, our support services, our infrastructure, our communities and our significant work to let filmmakers know they're welcome in New Mexico,” said Nick Maniatis, director of the New Mexico Film Office.

The Coens previously filmed in the state for parts of their acclaimed 2007 movie No Country for Old Men and returned three years later for their remake of the classic Western True Grit (pictured).

New Mexico is a popular location for films and TV shows with period western settings. Over the past year the state has hosted the 1880s-set Netflix drama Godless and feature Hostiles, which is also set in the late 19th century.

Albuquerque is generally the regional production centre. The city got an international profile boost as the home of the acclaimed TV drama Breaking Bad and has since hosted three seasons of the prequel series Better Call Saul, which this week was recommissioned.

To read KFTV's feature about Westerns filmed outside the US click here. 

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