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Fargo to become TV series with Billy Bob Thornton

Billy Bob Thornton

Story by Jack Foley

OSCAR-winning movie Fargo is to become a TV series.

Directed by the Coen brothers, who will executive produce the series, the 1996 film starred Frances McDormand as a determined, pregnant police chief on the trail of two bumbling criminals following a kidnap plot gone wrong.

McDormand won an Oscar for the role, while Joel and Ethan Coen took home the best original screenplay award.

The series will be split into 10 episodes and will involve all-new characters and a new scenario, although it will also be “remarkably true to the film”.

US channel FX (Fox in the UK) is behind the series, which will star long-term Coens collaborator Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo, a “a rootless, manipulative man who meets a small town insurance salesman and sets him on a path of destruction”.

The actor previously starred in the Coen Brothers’ films The Man Who Wasn’t There and Intolerable Cruelty, while his other screen credits include Bad Santa (pictured) and Monster’s Ball.

Filming will take place in Canada and the drama is expected to be shown in the US next spring.

The series will mark the brothers first foray into television and marks yet another coup for the small screen over the big screen, which is now being credited with taking more risks creatively than its cinematic counterpart.

That said, the Coens are by no means done with cinema. Their latest film, Inside Llewyn Davis, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May to critical acclaim.

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