Oscar-Winning 'Fargo' Becoming a TV Series
FX Will Host the Crime Comedy Adaptation of the Coen Brothers Classic
Oscar-winning filmmaker siblings Joel and Ethan Coen are teaming up with FX -- home to some of TV's best dramas and comedies -- for a TV series adaptation of the brothers' 1996 Academy Award-winning movie Fargo.
The movie, which starred Frances McDormand as pregnant Minnesota cop Marge Gunderson, followed the misadventures of a pair of bumbling criminals (Peter Stormare and perpetual scene stealer Steve Buscemi) who were hired by an equally hapless car salesman (William H. Macy) to kidnap his wife.
The movie earned Oscars for McDormand (who is also Mrs. Joel Coen) as Best Actress and the Coens for their screenplay, while the film was also nominated for Best Picture and four other Oscars.
The FX series will be produced by the Coens and former NBC president (during the network's good years) Warren Littlefield, and written by The Unusuals and My Generation creator Noah Hawley, Deadline.com reports.
The series adaptation of Fargo -- which is very loosely based on a true story -- will be the second time the series has headed to TV.
The Sopranos and Nurse Jackie star Edie Falco starred as Marge in a late '90s pilot, directed by actress Kathy Bates, that didn't make it to series. The Coens were not attached to that remake.
The Fargo series is just one of several movie adaptation headed to TV land, along with TV series versions of Heathers, Beverly Hills Cop, Fame and, yes, ALF.