FX is developing a remake of Fargo and it looks like they've grabbed their lead. It's Mr himself.
First of all, this isn't a direct adaptation - not by any stretch of the imagination. Thornton is not retreading the role of 's pregnant police chief in male form, it's a brand new character.
Now, and he's even admitted it himself, plays a damn 'good asshole'. And lo and behold, the description of Thornton's character, Lorne Malvo, is of “a rootless, manipulative man who meets a small town insurance salesman and sets him on a path of destruction.” Rootless. Manipulative. Has anyone seen Bad Santa? Thornton will be gold in this role, no doubt about it.
So, this is a great piece of casting news. He's laid a lil' low the last few years (I don't spy a big hit since 2008's Eagle Eye), so it'll be good to see him back on the screen for a ten week stint. The show itself is also looking promising. Fx Networks CEO John Landgraf said about the project that:
“It’s hard to describe how remarkably true to the film it is"
Also, when he sent the draft of Hawley's script to the Coen brothers, who serve as executive producers, they replied with just a “half dozen pages with a few dialogue suggestions.” Not bad if the Coen brother's, godfathers of the original project, spy little room for improvement in your remake!
Anyone else agree that this project smells suspiciously good for a remake of an crazy-good-best-of-1996 film? Shouldn't we be jumping off the walls with fury that they are retreading such a classic? My opinion here: this could be a remake to savour. Watch.This.Space.
How does everyone feel about the FX remake of Fargo? Excited or apprehensive?