First, a reminder that Fargo premieres on FX at 10 pm EST tonight. The trailer is fantastic, and both Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton appear to be perfectly cast as the hapless loser and a creepy contract killer, respectively.
Thornton has been doing the interview rounds, and after having participated in this 10-part limited series, decided the format is quite interesting, calling it the television equivalent of the 1990s independent film renaissance. Indeed, the idea of Etch-a-Sketch series seems to be catching on with shows like American Horror Story, Fargo, and True Detective. Whether with the same actors or a fresh cast, audiences are blasting through them, and salivating over the influx of film actors to television.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, when asked if he’d ever do True Detective, Billy Bob responds, “That’s a very interesting show, yeah.” and mentions that he’ll probably split his time between film and “…something like this [TD].” He goes on to discuss the difficulties of getting independent film financed, and possibly translating those film ideas to miniseries a la Costner’s Hatfields & McCoys. The short interview is worth a read.
Without having seen more than Fargo’s first seven minutes, I’d still be thrilled to see Thornton (and/or Freeman) carry a season of True Detective, so here’s hoping Pizzolatto and HBO catch the hint.