'Fargo' TV Series Coming to FX, Don't Cha Know?

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With every passing year on the TV landscape, it feels more and more like original ideas are becoming a rarity in favor of re-hashing existing properties. Yet, for every potential 'Fame' reboot we hear about, one actually sounds ripe for a re-imagining. We mean, if 'Fargo' were to come to TV as an episodic series, don't you think you'd check it out? Oh boy, you betcha! But how far along is the deal, and who's involved from the original film?

While earlier we'd heard about the possibility of MGM optioning the 1996 Coen brothers film 'Fargo' for a potential TV series adaptation, it seems a few more of the "i"s have been dotted, according to Deadline. FX has officially issued script orders for the adapted drama, to be loosely based on the original film and written/executive produced by 'The Unusuals' and 'My Generation' creator Noah Hawley. The Coen brothers are attached as executive producers, along with Warren Littlefield of MGM and FX.

The original Frances McDormand-starring ‘Fargo’ told the story of pregnant police chief Marge Gunderson, tasked with traversing the  snow-filled landscapes of Minnesota to solve a series of murders linked to the dirty dealings of an inept car salesman (William H. Macy), as things slowly spiraled out of control. McDormand won the Oscar for Best Actress for the film, as did Joel and Ethan Coen for original screenplay.

Curiously enough, ‘Fargo’ had already once failed to be adapted for television, with a pilot starring ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘Nurse Jackie’ star Edie Falco in the lead role, and directed by Kathy Bates. The episode was shown during Trio’s 2003 ‘Brilliant But Cancelled’ series of failed TV shows.

Well, what do you think? Could 'Fargo' work as a TV series, or wind up in the pile of unnecessary adaptations? Let us know what you think in the comments, yah?

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