The Coen Brothers Bring ‘Fargo’ To FX

FX and MGM TV team up for a second attempt to bring the classic film to television.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Against all odds (and perhaps all reason), Joel and Ethan Coen's critically acclaimed film Fargo is heading to TV… again.

Deadline is reporting that FX is developing "Fargo" as a weekly TV series that will be loosely based upon the 1996 movie that starred Frances McDormand as Marge Gunderson, a very pregnant North Dakota police chief who investigated the disappearance of Jean (Kristin Rudrüd), the wife of car dealer, Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy). Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare co-starred as Carl Showalter and Gaear Grimsrud (Peter Stormare), a criminal duo whom Jerry secretly hired to kidnap Jean in order to ransom her return from her rich father.

The new "Fargo" project is being spearheaded by MGM TV, which previously attempted to bring "Fargo" to television in 1997 with a pilot directed by Kathy Bates and Edie Falco starring as Marge. Unlike the earlier attempt, the Coen brothers are attached to the new FX incarnation as executive producers, with Noah Hawley on board to write the potential pilot and also serve as an executive producer. Hawley has previously created "The Unusuals" and "My Generation."

Presumably the "Fargo" television reboot would follow Marge as she takes on different crimes while also attempting to maintain the quirky touches of the original film. However, no further details about the potential series have been released. According to the report, FX has not yet given "Fargo" the greenlight to go to pilot.


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