Unfortunately, the initial thought of the possibility of a small-screen remake of the classic Coen Brothers film, Fargo, gave me the same chill I experienced at the age of 10 when I first tried semi-warm, boiled Brussels sprouts. Fortunately, both chills have since passed after discovering the taste sensation of roasting Brussell sprouts with pine nuts and red pepper flakes AND hearing that Martin Freeman (Hobbit, Sherlock, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy) was to join the cast of FX’s Fargo.
While there are a few subtle cosmetic differences between the Coen Bros’ film and the FX version, the basic brilliant storyline remains the same. The original film was set in Brainerd, MN and was set around a character named Jerry Lundegaard, played by William H. Macy, who, in an attempt to get money from his father-in-law, hires a couple of less than desirable characters (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare) to kidnap his wife. From there, things don’t go very well and they involve a woodchipper. For starters, in the TV series, the Jerry Lundegaard character’s name will be changed to Lester Nygaard.
And, one more reason for the chill to go away is laundry list of those involved in front of and behind the camera. In addition to Martin Freeman, the cast also includes Bob Odenkirk, Colin Hanks, Billy Bob Thornton, Glenn Howerton, Kate Walsh and Oliver Platt. Joel and Ethan Coen will executive produce the 10-part series. Noah Hawley will write the series as well as executive produce and the pilot will be directed by Emmy-winning director Adam Bernstein (30 Rock, Breaking Bad) who will also executive produce.
The series is set for a Spring 2014 premiere on FX.