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The Coen Brothers And FX Are
Developing FARGO: THE SERIES!!

Published at: Sept. 24, 2012, 9:15 p.m. CST

I am – Hercules!!

Joel and Ethan Coen are developing an FX hourlong series based on their Oscar-winning 1996 crime drama “Fargo,” according to a Deadline Hollywood exclusive.

That’s maybe kind of bad news for some because it’s hard to believe a TV series could approximate the genius of the movie.

Now the worse news. Somebody had the bright idea to hire Noah Hawley as showrunner.

Hawley created ABC’s “The Unusuals” and “My Generation,” which were fucking awful. Find reviews for “My Generation” here.

Interestingly, a pilot based on “Fargo” starring Edie Falco (whose last name is almost “Fargo”) as Marge Gunderson was shot in 2003. Kathy Bates, who was directing a lot of “Six Feet Under” at the time, directed the Falco pilot from a teleplay by Robert Palm (“Miami Vice,” “Law & Order,” “NCIS”).

Find all of Deadline’s exclusive on the matter here.

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  • Sept. 24, 2012, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Fa-DONE

    by blhotz

    It's over. Next...

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Saw the Edie Falco pilot on YouTube before

    by Deaft0ne

    and it wasn't half bad. I'm guessing this new series will again follow the adventures of Marge Gunderson and have nothing to do with Jerry Lundegaard. Just get Edie Falco again.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 9:44 p.m. CST

    It is an uphill battle

    by INWOsuxRED

    When you make something for a target audience that will piss them off just for existing.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Needs Steve Park as Mike Yanagita

    by blackmantis

    That scene has to be one of the all-time best one-off performances by a bit player in film history.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 10:37 p.m. CST

    noooo

    by Teppei

    my favorite movie. leave it alooooooonnnne

  • I wish the Coens weren't doing this so I could hate it more.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 10:45 p.m. CST

    YOUSUCHACLASSYLADY!

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 11 p.m. CST

    Would Falco have been able to juggle...

    by paper

    both The Sopranos and that potential Fargo show though? I guess The Sopranos took long breaks in between seasons so it could have been done.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 11:44 p.m. CST

    The Arby's budget alone would cripple a network

    by thelordofhell

    Besides, didn't FX put all their money on Charlie Sheen??

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 11:58 p.m. CST

    Odd that the Coen Brothers are actually involved.

    by Sardonic

    They don't seem like the type for this kind of thing. Though when I read the headline, the idea of a Coen Bros. HBO-style drama did give me a little bit of a boner. Okay, a huge of a boner.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 12:15 a.m. CST

    I had to kill FX for making a mistake...

    by Dick Jones

    ...and the mistake being let this go to pilot. Though I will admit, I love the fuck out of The Shield, Nip/Tuck, Rescue Me, as well as Sons of Anarchy.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 12:18 a.m. CST

    It was true coat, not clear coat.

    by Deaft0ne

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 12:18 a.m. CST

    The Shield, Nip/Tuck, Rescue Me....all very dark shows.

    by Raptor Jesus

    Christ, all this tv nihilism. Where's a Goddamn show with heroes anymore? You know, Mulder and Goddamn Scully chasing monsters every week?

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 12:51 a.m. CST

    FX are doing an awesome job with an Elmore Leonard adaptation

    by King Sweyn Forkbeard

    So I guess this could potentially work.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 1:39 a.m. CST

    Cool idea

    by T

    17 fucking years ago

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 2:25 a.m. CST

    The Unusuals was no Terriers

    by hst666

    But it was a decent show.

  • There'd have to be a subplot about Marge's husband and the competitive small town nature art scene.

  • It would just need to follow a detective show format melded with the odd and hilarious life of The Dude. Have Walter as the sidekick again, and maybe show a bit of the kid that The Dude concieved with Maude Lebowski. Oh, and don't forget to add a healthy dose of bowling. Have the cowboy narrator guy start and close out each episode with his colorful musings on the life of The Dude, kinda like how Rod Serling introduced and concluded each episode of The Twilight Zone. The Dude. I'd watch it.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 5:14 a.m. CST

    This should be a HBO style show. Or as "Breaking Bad".

    by albert comin

    There's a lot of "Fargo" vibe in "Breaking Bad". And most of HBO's shows have that style that is so similiar to "Fargo". Other then this two stations, i can't think of anywhere where a Fargo TV show could be made justice to the movie. Colour me skeptic, even with the involvement of the Coens in. Nicolas Winding Refn should direct the pilot. His movie "Fear X" had a lot of a "Fargo" vibe to it.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 5:17 a.m. CST

    @Mr lv_426

    by albert comin

    That's a brillant idea! If the show was half as funny as the movie it would still be a barrel of laughs a minute. Count me in on a show about the futher adventures of Dude and Walter. And they could bring Donny back from the dead as well, he was a great foil to those two knuckleheads.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 5:22 a.m. CST

    @Mr raptor_jesus

    by albert comin

    That's not nihilism, that's just realism. And X-Files was a very dark show for the time when it showed up, and i'm not just talking about cinematography. Remember, that Scully and Mulder never ended up proiving thet stuff they investigated at the cost of their lives, and they kept losing the big battles, all they mannaged to achieve through the show was to keep on surviving a day at a time. How's that not nihilistic? Most "nihilistic" shows you complain are direct descendents of the style brough by the X-Files which was itself directly influenced by Twin Peaks.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 5:29 a.m. CST

    @14 yrs to late

    by j2talk

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 7:41 a.m. CST

    How long can they keep Marge pregnant?

    by impossibledreamers

    That was part of the charm, sorry. And how many characters would get whacked every week?

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 9:03 a.m. CST

    I suspect that the Coens are just involved for a paycheck.

    by Smerdyakov

    So they can use the money to do their own projects.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 9:28 a.m. CST

    I didn't hate The Unusuals, but I don't know about this

    by Wcwlkr

    I thought Fargo was crazy in a good way. But I'm not sure about a tv series. But I actually liked the Unusuals I thought it wasn't bad at all.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Could be good

    by Larrylongballs

    It does not neccesarily have to be the same story. A spin off series about the town of Fargo as a Slice of Life crime drama like The Wire and Treme could be amazing.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Really? I mean, really? Ask Stan Grossman, he'll tell ya!

    by Coughlins Laws

    Don't get this...

  • Was there anyone clamoring for this?

  • I've got full blown AIDS. I'm riddled with it...

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 9:58 a.m. CST

    You're gonna need that True Coat. They install it right at the factory....

    by Coughlins Laws

    You know what I always wondered, how was that Parking Lot he wanted to invest in for $700,000 going to generate such a windfall of money. I guess it was just a MacGuffin, but if they were gonna give as much information as they did, they should really have explained it better. I guess they just thought it was funnier left unexplained...

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 10:33 a.m. CST

    That’s maybe kind of bad news for some ...

    by Incomplete Gamer

    Why is that "maybe kind of bad news for some"? I know it's because it will never be as good as the movie (I assume your crystal ball told you that), but that doesn't seem like a good enough reason for this to be considered "bad news". I guess it's true, people are only truly happy when they're outraged.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Hudsucker Proxy: The Series

    by Smerdyakov

    Jennifer Jason Leigh as a fast talking, hard nosed reporter.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 11:17 a.m. CST

    G

    by ndally

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Fargo pilot with Falcon was shot WAY before 2003

    by ndally

    She shot that pilot BEFORE auditioning for The Sopranos the pilot wasn't picked up she auditioned for David chase for Carmela and that's shows pilot was produced in 1998. So Fargo was BEFORE even that. She tells the story on the sopranos box set.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Falco*

    by ndally

    Fucking autospell

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 2:36 p.m. CST

    "How long can they keep Marge pregnant?"...2 more months.

    by The_guy_in_the_rated_R_movie

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Never saw "My Generation" but really liked "The Unusuals"

    by jim

    Far from "fucking awful". It was a quirky cop show with a really good cast. It was no "Shield" or "The Wire" but it wasn't trying to be (nor does every show about cops need to be). It tried to be different from the majority of network cookie-cutter cop shows. Most people just didn't connect with the show; it wasn't for them. That's ok. That doesn't make it a bad show, just an unpopular one. Hercules provided a link to his review of "My Generation". In the interest of fairness, here's his review of the, apparently, equally awful "The Unusuals": http://www.aintitcool.com/node/40697?q=node/40700 Ok, he wasn't a fan of the pilot, but did agree it had a good cast, a character he liked, and potential (in the form of a future-episodes writer). Is that what passes for "fucking awful" these days? p.s. out of curiosity, I looked up his review of the pilot of "Life": http://www.aintitcool.com/node/34180 A seemingly similar review leaving Hercules less than enthused about the pilot makes me wonder if he also thinks back on "Life" as "fucking awful".

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 8:56 p.m. CST

    I liked The Unusuals, too

    by BizarroJerry

    Thought it was a very underrated show, featuring a just-before-The Hurt Locker Jeremy Renner. It was a bit of a Hill Street Blues / NYPD Blue throwback with a lot more comedy mixed in. I think ABC handled the show very badly and could've done better with it.

  • Sept. 26, 2012, 7:16 a.m. CST

    I currently live in Fargo

    by Monnie Knapp

    This story has a little buzz going around town, with the announcement rejuvinating the debate on the quality of the original. Many people feel the accent used in the film is an unfair caricature of our regional dialect--few have anything near that level of accent. Most, however, embrace the fame the movie has brought us. We have a big annual outdoor showing on the side of a bank downtown and we proudly display THE woodchipper at our visitors' center. I had an interaction in Vegas (Quark's Bar, before it closed) with a dude who was simply devastated that I didn't have a "Fargo" accent. He thought we all communicated in the sing-song lilt of Marge Gunderson. I do know a few old Norwegians up north of here that have a pretty similar accent. Out west, old Germans sound different, but still endearingly silly. Everybody funny, now you funny too. Anyhow, I love this goddam movie, and feel that a TV series is a risk. The presence of the Coens is promising, but we'll see. I'll definitely give it a shot.

  • Sept. 26, 2012, 10:51 a.m. CST

    I hope Mr. Mohra has a starring role

    by Darth Binks

  • Sept. 26, 2012, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Unusuals

    by Doggus47

    I liked that show. It had a good cast and even the hollywood golden boy of the hour, jeremy renner.

  • Have you seen the DVD cover? Clearly the marketing department either had absolutely no clue how to market the show, or were trying to trick people into thinking it's something it is not. It was an ensemble show that didn't take itself too seriously. Pretty much the exact opposite of that cover. It looks like something you'd see on a direct-to-dvd John Cena movie. http://www.amazon.ca/The-Unusuals-Complete-Series/dp/B0025KVKDO

  • Sept. 26, 2012, 6:39 p.m. CST

    What's the premise?

    by Bass Ackwards

    Wasn't part of the idea that generally this was a pretty quite, innocent town. That's why thy could have a 7-month pregnant police chief.

  • Sept. 26, 2012, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Hudsucker Was My Favorite

    by _Maltheus_

    And the show closest in feel to that might be Pushing Daisies.

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