Ethan and Joel Coen, known for a string of acclaimed feature films, have closed a deal to adapt one of those movies — the Oscar-winning comedic crime drama “Fargo” — into a TV show for FX, Deadline.com reports.
"Fargo," released in 1996, received seven Academy Award nominations, including best picture and best director for Joel Coen, with Frances McDormand winning the Oscar for her lead role and the Coen brothers winning for best screenplay.
The Coens will executive produce the hourlong project, with former NBC executive Warren Littlefield, the story notes. "My Generation" creator Noah Hawley will write and executive produce the project.
The movie starred McDormand as a Minnesota police chief, who, while pregnant, tracks down two criminals hired by a local salesman to kidnap his wife, the story notes.
It’s not the first time an attempt was made to remake the movie for TV. In 2003 MGM TV tried to adapt the film, but without the Coen brothers’ participation. (The movie belongs to MGM’s library.) The pilot in that effort starred Edie Falco and was directed by Kathy Bates, the story notes.
The Coens’ many other successful films include “True Grit,” “No Country for Old Men,” “The Big Lebowski,” “Barton Fink,” “Miller’s Crossing” and “Raising Arizona.”