Each of the recently released teasers for Noah Hawley's Fargo series seems to offer some nod to the Coen Brothers' film on which this FX drama is loosely based. At face value -- somewhat literally -- I'm not sure the latest teaser does, unless anyone can link the sight o Martin Freeman atop a rumbling washer with some scene from the 1996 film.
When we shared the "Roadside" teaser for Noah Hawley's FX drama Fargo, I recall requesting a wood chipper nod in an upcoming preview. The latest teaser for the drama does just that. Though there's no actual wood chipper, there is a foot, and anyone familiar with that scene from the Coen Brothers' film will get the reference...
FX has been prepping to air the new drama Fargo for some time, now. Weíve already seen an excellent teaser trailer featuring a body barely buried in the snow, and we get a similar scene with the latest from the network. Called ďEnchanted Highway,Ē the new teaser features one of those oddball roadside attraction.
The caption that comes with FX's latest Fargo teaser invites us to come to Fargo this April. April! As exciting as it is that the series appears to be on track to arrive this Spring, those of us in cooler climates aren't likely to be all that eager for more cold. There's also the matter of the dead body on the side of the road there... assuming that nose is attached to the face of someone not breathing.
OK does anyone else think this casting smells of genius? Because I think this casting smells of genius. FXís television adaptation of The Coen Brothersí Fargo just went the comedic route, adding the actors of Comedy Centralís Key & Peele to the already-stacked and impressive roster of folks heading to North Dakota. And hooo wee nelly are we ever so excited.
It takes a lot to convince us that a remake/reboot/reimagining of a pre-existing thing is a good idea. Original ideas in Hollywood are about as common as haystack needles these days, but sometimes ó sometimes! ó an idea to bring a pre-existing entity and world to the small screen pays off. And FXís TV adaptation of the hit Coen Brothers film, Fargo looks to be just that.
We learned last fall that Sherlock star Martin Freeman was set to star in FXís planned Fargo series. The 10-episode limited series isnít a remake or a sequel, or even a spinoff really. From everything weíve heard about it, it sounds more inspired-by the 1996 crime film, centering on new characters and a new story, but set in snowy Minnesota and including a similar tone of dark humor.
Billy Bob Thorton, Martin Freeman, Joey King and Colin Hanks will be joined by the comedically outstanding trio of Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad), Glenn Howerton (Itís Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and Oliver Platt (The Big C) according to The Hollywood Reporter, along with Private Practiceís Kate Walsh.
Over the last few years, Colin Hanks has been focusing his attention and talent on the small screen, with guest appearances and recurring roles in a number of notable series, not to mention a starring role alongside Bradley Whitford in the short-lived 2010 action comedy series The Good Guys. Whitford has since moved on to star in ABC's new comedy Trophy Wife, while it looks like Hanks is FX-bound, as he's signed on to co-star in the Fargo drama that's in the works at the cable channel.
These days, when he isn't appearing in Edgar Wright's latest film, Martin Freeman is portraying some pretty classic literature characters, between Dr. John Watson for Sherlock on the small screen, and Bilbo Baggins for The Hobbit on the big screen. Freeman may have had his next great role, and while it's for an adaptation, it's not a literary character.
Last fall, FX was reportedly adapting the iconic Coen brothers film, Fargo, for the small screen. This came up way back in September of last year and as other network and cable projects made it to pilot and we failed to hear from the Fargo project, it seemed like more of a rumor than an actually possibility. As it turns out, the drama was just slow out of the gate, but finally has a star attached in none other than Billy Bob Thornton.
FX is adding a new project and renewing a second. First, Justified will be getting a fifth season. With ratings increasing in the currently airing Season 4, this really should be no surprise for fans. Maybe itís the better access to Boyd and Ava that is bringing people in. Additionally, it seems the Coen brothersí Fargo project is actually happening and will air on FX.
In some unexpected but interesting news, it's looking like Fargo could be adapted to a TV series. But before anyone asks "The heck do ya mean?" or panics over the thought of someone mangling the film that earned Joel and Ethan Coen an Oscar for Best Writing, word is, the Coen Brothers are involved. What's more, the deal being worked out for the small screen project is with FX, which just might be the best possible cable network for a potential show like this (aside from the premium channels).