New FX Series Fargo Inspired by the Coen Brothers Film

“Fargo” is among the  many remarkable films the of Coen Brothers…not just because it earned them 7 Oscar nominations, winning two for Best Original Screenplay and Best Actress in a Leading Role for Francis McDormond…or that it won the BAFTA Award and the 1996 Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Director for Joel Coen….or that it was inducted into the United States National Film Registry for preservation by the Library of Congress acknowledging the film as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

No, it’s not just that. Perusing their list of films, many on the list having earned them numerous Academy Award nominations and wins, would remind anyone that they know how to tell stories that are interesting, inspired and unique:

Blood Simple
Raising Arizona
Miller’s Crossing
Barton Fink
The Hudsucker Proxy
The Big Lebowski
The Naked Man
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
The Man Who Wasn’t There
Intolerable Cruelty
The Ladykillers
Paris, je t’aime: “Tuileries”
Chacun son cinéma: “World Cinema”
No Country for Old Men
Burn After Reading
A Serious Man
True Grit
Inside Llewyn Davis

So it’s no wonder that a 10 episode series inspired by the Fargo film would ultimately be a logical step to expand and leverage audiences with a limited series. The Fargo series has a new story and characters…Billy Bob Thornton stars as Lorne Malvo. Also starring Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks and Allison Tolman. Produced by MGM TV and FX Productions with the Coen brothers as executive producers, the series is written by Noah Hawley (Bones, The Unusuals, My Generation). The premiere date announced today for the FX 10-episode limited series is April 15, 2014.

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