Talks with MGM in early stages for '96 Coen brothers pic

Is North Dakota ready for primetime? FX is eyeing a possible small screen adaptation of the 1996 Coen brothers’ pic “Fargo” with MGM Television.

Sources stress that the conversations are in the early stages, and there’s no certainty a deal will come together. It’s not clear if the cabler and studio have a scribe in mind to handle the adaptation of the murder-mystery dramedy.

MGM has been on a post-bankruptcy mission to exploit library titles in its vast archive, and setting up new TV projects is a big focus of that effort. The Lion has had success with its “Teen Wolf” redo for MTV.

“Fargo” starred Frances McDormand as a pregnant police chief tasked with traversing snowy environs to solve murders spurred by an inept car salesman, played by William H. Macy. McDormand won an Oscar for the pic, as did Joel and Ethan Coen for original screenplay.

An FX rep emphasized that there is no deal for the series. A rep for MGM TV declined comment.

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