Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special: “The Crocodile’s Dilemma,” Noah Hawley
Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special: “The Crocodile’s Dilemma,” Adam Bernstein
Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special: “Buridan’s Ass,” Colin Bucksey
How do you bring a miniseries inspired by a Coen brothers film to cable television? For creator-writer Noah Hawley and director Adam Bernstein, who helmed the first two hours, it involved watching the Coen canon and taking cues not just from the 1996 film but also from 2007’s Oscar-winning best picture “No Country for Old Men.”
“We took our cue from the palette of ‘No Country’ yet we were doing our own thing and navigating our own visuals,” Bernstein says. For his two episodes, Bucksey also influenced the look, feeling and visual language for the mini, which filmed in Calgary during winter.
For Hawley, the scenario of two men (Emmy-nommed leads Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman) meeting in a hospital emergency room was very Coen-esque. But getting around the absence of the iconic character of Marge was a special challenge.
“We flipped it so that the police chief gets killed and Molly (Allison Tolman) gets to be the chief and hopefully people see the character as entirely different,” says Hawley, who wrote the first eight episodes before production started — with assistance from four writers who helped him break stories — and then finished the final two.