FX Reportedly Mulling ‘Fargo’ TV Series

Frances McDormand in "Fargo" (Photo: AP)

The great 1996 Coen brothers movie “Fargo” may be adapted for a TV series, according to this story from Variety.

FX is eyeing the movie for TV-series treatment, says the trade mag, which emphasizes that the project is far from the go-ahead stage.

The “talks,” such as they are, are between FX and MGM Television, Variety says.

According to the story, MGM has the rights to the movie, which earned a Best Actress Oscar for star Frances McDormand.

In the revered movie, directed by Joel Coen (her husband) and written by Joel and Ethan Coen, McDormand played Marge Gunderson, a police chief seven months pregnant who begins investigating a missing-persons case involving the wife of a local car dealer. The movie takes place in the cold, snowy region between Fargo, N.D., and Minneapolis.

William H. Macy, Peter Stormare, Steve Buscemi and the late Harve Presnell also starred in “Fargo,” which gets frequent airplay on HBO and other TV channels.

Who would star in a proposed TV adaptation? That’s just one of the many details not included in the Variety story. Indeed, the talks probably have not gotten that far.

Another thing the Variety story didn’t include: A “Fargo” TV series has been tried before. A “Fargo” TV pilot was produced with none other than Edie Falco playing Marge.

The “Fargo” pilot went nowhere, though, and a series was never produced. This one-off episode did turn up on TV, though — on the short-lived, NBC-owned Trio cable channel, which packaged a bunch of unsold pilots and short-run series into a showcase it called “Brilliant But Cancelled.” It was a clever idea, though the “brilliance” of some of the offerings was certainly debatable.

I remember seeing the Edie Falco “Fargo” pilot and finding it dull — reason enough, I suppose, for it not to get picked up back then. Here’s a piece of trivia about that pilot: It was directed by Kathy Bates.

As for this new “Fargo” idea, we’ll keep you posted.

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