Weird. Billy Bob Thornton will play the lead in a limited-series adaptation of “Fargo” on FX. Limited series means it’ll end after one season. It’s apparently an adaptation in spirit only.
“It’s hard to describe how remarkably true to the film it is,” [FX Networks CEO John Landgraf] said, noting that when he sent Hawley’s script to the film’s writer-directors Joel and Ethan Coen, the brothers replied “we don’t know how to give notes, can we rewrite it?” But then just sent back “half dozen pages with a few dialogue suggestions.”
“I think people are going to be entranced with that show,” Landgraf said. “[Hawley’s] managed to [create] a new version of Fargo that’s its own thing.”
Thornton stars as Lorne Malvo, “a rootless, manipulative man who meets a small town insurance salesman and sets him on a path of destruction.”
It’s his first TV role. Quick, what’s the last good thing Billy Bob’s appeared in?