The Coen Brothers to Executive Produce FARGO Series for FX

     September 24, 2012

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In March, we learned that FX and MGM Television were mulling over a potential series adaptation of Fargo.  Not only is the project a go, but Joel and Ethan Coen are on board to executive produce.  That bodes well for the translation of Fargo to the small screen.  Here’s the bad news: Deadline reports Noah Hawley will write and executive produce the hourlong drama.  Hawley most recently created My Generation, which was offensively awful and swiftly cancelled after just two episodes.  Hawley also created The Unusuals and wrote for Bones (two solid series), so hopefully My Generation was an aberration.  Warren Littlefield—another man whose last project was, damningly, My Generation—will also executive produce.

MGM TV filmed a Fargo pilot with no Coen participation in 1997 with Edie Falco in the lead role.  I doubt Falco will return, but you have to figure the wiles of the Coen brothers and FX will lure a great cast to the series.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer for Fargo.


“In Fargo, filmmaking brothers Joel and Ethan Coen both embrace and satirize their North Dakota roots. A patrolman and two innocent bystanders are discovered murdered in cold blood on a snowy North Dakota highway, leading very pregnant policewoman Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand) on an investigation that uncovers a conspiracy of greed and ineptitude. Minneapolis husband, farther and car salesman Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy), who has long chafed under the thumb of his wealthy boss and father-in-law, concocts an elaborate scheme involving the kidnapping of his wife and a million-dollar ransom to pay off his extensive gambling debts. However, everything that could possibly go wrong indeed DOES go wrong. Officer Gunderson’s outwardly homespun and folksy persona conceals a penetrating mind and a fierce moral compass, and she easily sees through the poorly executed and badly hidden events perpetrated by the bumbling, yet highly dangerous kidnappers…”

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