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‘Fargo’ to be Adapted For TV…Again?

Frances McDormand in Fargo

We’ve all heard about the endless landscape of remakes and reboots populating the airwaves these days, but it’s not terribly often you hear about a second attempt at an already-failed property.  So who might be next in line for adaption to a TV series on cable?  We’ll tell you straight away, you betcha!

While talks remain in the preliminary stages, Variety is reporting that cable drama network FX is in early negotiations to adapt the 1996 Coen brothers film ‘Fargo‘ for TV with MGM Television.  No writer has been selected, and no certainty exists that the deal will come to fruition, but MGM has been on a kick of adapting properties for TV in the wake of their bankruptcy, most recently with their successful MTV reboot ‘Teen Wolf.’

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

Strangely enough, ‘Fargo’ had already once failed to be adapted for television, with a pilot starring ‘The Sorpanos’ 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.

Would you like to see ‘Fargo’ brought to an FX series, in spite of its failure in 1997?  Would the series be updated for the modern day, or kept in its native 1987?  Tell us what you think of this latest rumor in the comments below, don’t cha know!

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