There’s no denying it; Fargo, the 1996 crime-drama from Joel and Ethan Coen, is a classic. A few years ago, word popped up that FX was planning to adapt the film into a mini-series. Well, that happened, and now we can get our first look at the result:
As is typical with initial FX trailers, there isn’t much to go on from this, just a snowy car and Billy Bob Thornton’s face. It does seem the show has captured the feel and tone of the Coen Brothers film perfectly, which is always a good sign (they’re serving as executive producers for the TV version).
According to the official synopsis of the series, “A drifter named Lorne Malvo (Thornton) arrives in small-town Minnesota and influences the population with his malice and violence, including put-upon insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman).”
It’s currently unknown how much of the film’s storyline will be in the series, if any of it at all. As of now, this seems more like a really cool crime drama that just carries the Fargo name. Either way, it’s damn cool, and in the age of True Detective, this could end up being something really special.
The series is being written by Noah Hawley and will premiere on FX this April.
UPDATE: Comedy duo Key & Peele have been announced to be joining the series for a 4-episode arc. The two will play FBI partners Webb Pepper (Peele) and Bill Budge (Key). Reportedly, the arc will begin with the two having a “violent run in” with Thorton’s Malvo and will become focused on finding him again.