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FX ties down Fargo creator Hawley

Billy-Bob-Thornton-in-Fargo-012US basic cable channel FX has tied down Fargo creator Noah Hawley to a new overall deal.

The agreement spans three-years, tying Hawley to both FX Networks and FX Productions.

His television adaptation of the Coen brothers’ Fargo has been a critical and ratings success for FX, and sold well for MGM Television.

He will now develop various new projects for the network, while remaining showrunner of Fargo, whose second season concludes in the US on December 14.

Hawley is also working on FX-Marvel Television coproduction Legion; Cat’s Cradle, which is based on a Kurt Vonnegut story; a version of Hampton Sides’ Hellhound on His Trail, which follows the life of Martin Luther King Jr.’s killer, James Earl Jones; and The Hot Rock, a robbery caper drama based on a book.

“In a remarkably short time, Noah has proven himself to be one of the best writers and showrunners in television with the stunning, back-to-back success of the Fargo franchise,” said FX Networks president and CEO John Landgraf.

“He loves to challenge himself creatively and has a gift for making complex stories engaging and entertaining. We are excited to continue to work closely with Noah and offer all the support he needs to fully realize his vision for these new projects.”

A third season of Fargo has been commissioned.