6 Aug 2013

Coen Brothers turning 'Fargo' movie into TV series

7:31 am on 6 August 2013

The Coen Brothers are turning their Oscar-winning movie Fargo into a TV series.

The 1996 film starred Frances McDormand as a determined, pregnant police chief on the trail of two bumbling criminals.

She won an Oscar for the role, while Joel and Ethan Coen received the best original screenplay award.

The BBC reports the 10-part TV series will involve brand new characters and a new scenario.

Actor Billy Bob Thornton will have the lead role. Thornton, 57, previously starred in The Man Who Wasn't There and Intolerable Cruelty by the Coen Brothers. His other films include Bad Santa and Monster's Ball.

Filming will take place in Canada and the drama is expected to be shown in the United States next spring.

The Coen Brothers are executive producers. The BBC reports this is their first venture into television after a film career included The Big Lebowski and No Country For Old Men.