Another movie-to-TV project is in the works, as FX plans a trip to “Fargo.”
The dark and twisted (and Oscar nominated) film is being remade for television — and the original masterminds are on board.
The Coen Brothers are adapting “Fargo” into an hourlong drama for FX and will serve as executive producers while Noah Hawley will write the script. Hawley’s TV credits include “My Generation” (2010), “The Unusuals” (2009) and three seasons as a producer on “Bones.”
The project, which comes from MGM Television and FX Productions, seems well suited for FX, the cable network that’s home to edgier fare.
The 1996 film starred Frances McDormand as a pregnant police chief of the small North Dakota town and William H. Macy as a used car salesman who’s hired two bumbling criminals (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare) to kidnap his wife in an extortion plot gone awry. “Fargo” earned seven Academy Award nominations and won two — Best Actress for Frances McDormand and Best Original Screenplay for Joel and Ethan Coen.
This will be Hollywood’s second attempt to bring “Fargo” to TV — a 1997 pilot starring Edie Falco (“The Sopranos,” “Nurse Jackie”) as Marge Gunderson never got picked up (the Coen Brothers were not involved with that version, which was pegged for network TV).