'Fargo' TV series to be shot in Canada


Unlike the Coen brothers' movie that it's based upon, "Fargo" the television series will be shot in Canada, reports the Globe and Mail.

The Canadian publication said Wednesday that the series would be shot in Manitoba. The 1996 film version -- which earned a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for Minneapolis natives Joel and Ethan Coen -- was shot in several Minnesota locations, as well as Fargo and Grand Forks, N.D.

FX Networks in March gave the greenlight to produce the series. The limited run, 10-episode series is scheduled to debut in the spring of 2014.

News of the Canada location for the TV series will likely come as a disappointment to Charley Johnson, the president and CEO of the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau.

In an interview with the The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead in March, Johnson said, "Hopefully at least a little bit will be set here."

The Hollywood Reporter said Wednesday that Emmy-winning director Adam Bernstein ("Breaking Bad," "30 Rock"), will direct the series pilot.

THR previously reported that the Coens, film start McDormand and co-stars Steve Buscemi and William H. Macy will serve as executive producers on the series.

In the original “Fargo” movie, a Minneapolis car salesman (Macy) organizes a kidnapping plot with a couple of thugs (Buscemi and Peter Stormare), but the plan goes horribly awry.

McDormand won a Best Actress Oscar for playing very pregnant sheriff from Brainerd investigating the case.

According to THR, the TV version of “Fargo” will follow a new case and characters, "all entrenched in the trademark humor, murder and ‘Minnesota nice’ that has made the film an enduring classic."

See the trailer from the original "Fargo" below.

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