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FX Inks New Deal with ‘Fargo’ Creator Noah Hawley, Sets New Development Projects

Fargo” creator Noah Hawley has extended his production deal with FX Productions and FX Networks for another three years, Variety has learned. The news comes after “Fargo” landed three Golden Globe nominations today.

Under the extension pact, Hawley, who first signed onto an overall deal with FX in 2014, will continue his showrunner duties on “Fargo” and develop new projects. With the announcement, comes a slew of projects Hawley currently has in development: “Legion,” “Cat’s Cradle,” “Hellhound on His Trail” and “The Hot Rock.”

“In a remarkably short time, Noah has proven himself to be one of the best writers and showrunners in television with the stunning, back-to-back success of the ‘Fargo’ franchise,” said John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions. “He loves to challenge himself creatively and has a gift for making complex stories engaging and entertaining. We are excited to continue to work closely with Noah and offer all the support he needs to fully realize his vision for these new projects.”

“Legion,” co-produced with Marvel Television, is based on an X-Men character. Hawley will write and exec produce along with Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb, Jim Chory and John Cameron.

“Cat’s Cradle” is based on Kurt Vonnegut’s novel. Hawley will write and exec produce with Cameron and Mark Stern. Brad Yonover and Sandi Love are co-exec producers.

“Hellhound on His Trail” is based on the 2010 Hampton Sides book of the same name, which pieces together James Earl Ray’s violent and haphazard journey towards Memphis and the sixty-five day search for King’s assassin that lead investigators across two continents, sparking the largest manhunt in American history. Hawley will exec produce, but will not serve as a writer on the project, which is being penned by “True Blood” alum Alexander Woo, who also exec produces with Cameron and Bluegrass Films’ Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark.

“The Hot Rock,” written by Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi, is described as a robbery caper drama based on the book and movie of the same name. Hawley and Cameron are EPs, along with “Bones” vet Barry Josephson. Jay Landers is also a producer.

Following his Golden Globe praise today, Hawley spoke to Variety about what else he has in store, other than “Fargo.” He said, “You either have the head to multitask or you don’t. I have a great producing partner in John Cameron. FX really bent over backward to make this work for me. Nothing about what I’m doing is the traditional television model and I’m thrilled that they’re open to the idea.”

“Fargo,” which wraps its current sophomore season this upcoming Monday, has already been renewed for a third season.

Whitney Friedlander interviewed Hawley for this report.

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