US cable network FX has made its first move into the limited series business after greenlighting an adaptation of the movie Fargo and unveiling a slate of titles in development.
Fargo, a ten-part series produced by MGM Television and FX Productions, is based on the 1996 film of the same name about a pregnant Minnesota police chief chasing two bumbling criminals hired by a car salesman to kidnap his wife.
The series will follow a new case and new characters while keeping the same trademark humour and tone as its big screen sibling.
Warren Littlefield, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen will executive produce the series, which was adapted by writer Noah Hawley.
MGM Television will handle worldwide distribution outside the US and Canada.
FX announced last year that it was moving into producing miniseries and limited series through its production arm FX Productions.
And the network has also announced four limited series it is currently developing.
Mayflower tells the story of the Puritan settlers at Plymouth Colony and their uneasy alliance with the local Native Americans. It will be produced by FX Productions in association with Touchy Feely Films and executive produced by Gil Netter, Dan Carey, Paul Giamatti and writers Doug Miro and Carlo Bernard.
Grand Hotel is set in a luxury Parisian hotel that becomes the centre of a terrorist attack. It is executive produced by writer Richard McBrien, Pippa Harris, Sam Mendes and Alain and Vassili Clert.
Mad Dogs is based on the UK series of the same name and written by Cris Cole. It follows the reunion of four men who head to Belize to visit a school friend when events take a dark turn. Sony Pictures Television will produce in association with Left Bank Pictures, with executive producers Shawn Ryan and Cole.
Sutton is based on the eponymous novel by JR Moeringher about a notorious bank robber who leaves prison in 1969 and proceeds to take a reporter and photographer on a tour of his life and crimes. It comes from FX Productions and writer Rob Siegel, who executive produces with Jim Burke, Michael De Luca, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor.