Thursday, March 28, 2013

Telemystery: FX Networks Orders Limited Series Adaptation Crime Thriller Fargo

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FX Networks has ordered a 10-episode television adaptation of Joel and Ethan Coen's 1996 comic crime thriller Fargo. The Coen brothers will executive produce the Noah Hawley-written script.

The limited series — which we interpret as meaning longer than a mini-series but one not to be renewed for a second season — is expected to air in Spring 2014.

More about the film, below.

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Fargo (1996)

Fargo

Directed by Joel Coen from an original screenplay co-written with Ethan Coen, which won an Academy Award in 1997 for Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen.

Frances McDormand stars as Marge Gunderson, a pregnant police chief whose affable, folksy demeanor masks a whip-smart mind.

When a pair of motorists are found slain not far from the corpse of a state trooper, Marge begins piecing together a case involving a pair of dopey would-be kidnappers, Carl (Steve Buscemi) and Gaear (Peter Stormare). They've been hired by Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy), a car salesman under the thumb of his wealthy, overbearing boss and father-in-law, Wade (Harve Presnell). Jerry's raised some money illegally through a petty scam he's run on General Motors and he's about to get caught. When Wade sours a business deal that could save his son-in-law's hide, the desperate Jerry hires Carl and Gaear to kidnap his wife and hold her for ransom.

Things go predictably wrong and a series of murders occur, with Marge, waddling along behind her enormous belly and ever-hungering for an all-you-can-eat buffet, hot on the trail of the killers.

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