1996's Fargo is a very dark comedy from the Coen Brothers, which went on to win two Academy Awards for Best Original Screenpla and Best Actress for Frances McDormand. And its great - if you haven't seen it, be sure to take care of that right away.
It's also one of the least likely movies for a TV adaptation, partly because of that dark tone but also because its basically a self contained storyline. But the TV landscape has changed in recent years, always looking for more adult stories to tell.
And thankfully there's no attempt to retell the events of the film with FX's limited series instead setting up a situation that's tonally similar with completely different characters. So the set up sees Billy Bob Thornton's character showing up at a small town in Minnesota and getting into everyone's business, including a timid insurance salesman called Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman) who certainly has some parallels to the character played by William H. Macy in the film.
There's a full trailer available now, check it out.
FX has had great success with the likes of American Horror Story, Sons of Anarchy and Justifed and this sits in well with those shows with an adult feel and more of a comedy touch. The only possible issue is Freeman attempting that unusual American accent, maybe there's a reason we hear very little of him in the trailer?
Fargo will debut on FX in the US on the 15th of April 2014 and will arrive on Channel 4 later that month.