Coen Brothers Adapting Fargo for TV

“I can’t believe it’s not Bruce Willis!”

I would imagine that by now, most of us have seen Joel and Ethan Coen’s seminal film, “Fargo,” (if you haven’t, do yourself a favor and go watch it ASAP!). To those familiar with the movie, it is both intriguing and surprising to learn that the Coens have struck a deal to bring the world of Fargo, Minnesota, to television.


Joel and Ethan Coen are bringing one of their signatures movies to television. FX has closed a deal to develop Fargo, an hourlong project loosely based on the Coen brothers’ 1996 comedic crime drama. The Coens will serve as executive producers on the project, which will be written/executive produced by The Unusuals and My Generation creator Noah Hawley. Warren Littlefield also will executive the project, which will be co-produced by MGM Television and FX Prods.

Interesting that the Coen brothers will produce, rather than take on the series whole hog. If done right, we could be looking at “Bones” meets “Twin Peaks;” if done wrong, we could be looking at maybe 4 episodes seeing airtime.

The potential is certainly there, as are the credentials. Will we get Frances McDormand as a new mom, continuing to fight crime? Will we get a new cast of characters? Will we revisit the wood-chipper?

We’ll have to tune in to FX to find out. So far, there is no scheduled air date, but as this project solidifies, we will certainly keep you informed…