Do We Need 'Fargo,' The TV Series?
This week it was revealed that the 1996 Coen Bros. classic Fargo may become a regular TV series on FX. According to Variety, MGM has been on "a post-bankruptcy mission" to exploit titles in its film archive by setting up new TV projects, citing the Teen Wolf reboot on MTV as an example of one of their current successes.
But do we really need Fargo, the TV series? Didn't we already have that on television when it was called Twin Peaks? A number of movies have made the leap from the big screen to the small screen with varying degrees of success and failure, from MGM's Robocop and The Dead Zone to Ferris Bueller and Fame.
My interest in these small-screen translations is usually more along the morbid curiosity variety, just to see how badly they get it wrong. In the case of Fargo, I'd basically tune in for a couple minutes to see who does the best Marge Gunderson impression (Frances McDormand's indelible character), and whether or not the wacky accents will be reigned in or over-the-top. How many times an episode will we hear "dontcha know?"
So which other films in the MGM archive should be exploited for TV ratings? How about a reality show set in the Amityville Horror house, or Thelma & Louise, Kardashian style? There's also the Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure franchise – Keanu Reeves has expressed interest in playing Ted again for old times' sake. Why not on TV?
In semi-seriousness, there are dozens of movies ripe for a small-screen rejuvenation; I wouldn't mind seeing a series made out of Dances with Wolves (you can call it Dunbar), another attempt at The Dirty Dozen (which already failed on TV in the late '80s), or even a Polynesian getaway-meets-Master and Commander version of The Bounty, the 1984 adventure featuring Anthony Hopkins, Liam Neeson and Mel Gibson.
What would you like to see?