In 2003, Misery
actress Kathy Bates brought the Coen brothers classic Fargo
to the small screen. She directed a pilot starring Edie Falco as pregnant police chief Marge Gunderson (originally played by Frances McDormand) who tries to wrangle two bumbling criminals (played by Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare in the original film). The pilot never took off, but according to The Hollywood Reporter
, the Coens are giving television another shot and bringing their classic caper to FX.
Fargo will debut on the cable channel as an hour-long pilot, with the sibling directors executive producing. Noah Hawley (Bones, My Generation) will write the episode and coproduce, but THR doesn't reveal more details than that. MGM has been pushing their back catalog toward television, which is why news about series based on Fame and more have been popping up everywhere. The Academy Award-nominated 1996 black comedy is set in the chilly North Dakota town of Fargo where Gunderson investigates a series of homicides after a kidnapping-and-extortion plot goes awry between a bankrupt car salesman (William H. Macy) and two inept crooks (Buscemi and Stormare). Is there enough left to the tale for a TV spin-off, or are you gritting your teeth and thinking, "Aw jeez"?
Until they're ready to share more, the Coens are busy prepping for the 2013 release of their newest film, Inside Llewyn Davis, starring John Goodman, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Oscar Isaac and Garrett Hedlund. Revisit Fargo's trailer, and tell us how you feel about the TV remake, below.