Coen Brothers Developing Fargo Television Series for FX

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There's no doubt AMC is home to most of the good dramas on basic cable television, but FX seems to be positioning itself to take its crown. The network, which is already home to some excellent programming, announced last week that they've tapped Guillermo del Toro & Carlton Cuse to develop del Toro & Chuck Hogan's vampire novel trilogy, The Strain, into a television show. Yesterday, news broke that they scored another coup - Fargo: The Series (not actual title).

The Coen Brothers will executive produce this hour long drama, which is “loosely” based on their 1996 film, according to Deadline. Noah Howely (Bones) will serve as its head writer. The deal is fairly fresh, so no casting or plot information has been revealed.

The original Fargo film, billed as a “homespun murder mystery,” followed the exploits of Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand), a pregnant sheriff from Minnesota on the trail of two criminals hired by a used car salesman to kidnap his wife and hold her for an $80,000 ransom. While attempting to perform the job, they end up murdering a police officer, which doesn’t sit too well with Marge.

My main concern with the series is this: is Fargo still Fargo without McDormand as Marge. It’s doubtful that any of the original cast that survived the first film will return, unless it’s in cameo form. That quirky bunch of oddballs made the first film incredibly special. With the Coen Brothers still involved, though, it shouldn’t be too difficult to recapture the magic.

Will you be watching Fargo whenever it hits the small screen?

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