If they were in television… The Coen Brothers

Directors: Joel and Ethan Coen

Notable Films: Fargo, No Country for Old Men, Miller’s Crossing, The Big Lebowski, Raising Arizona, O Brother! Where Art Thou?, and A Serious Man

Famous For: Dark humor with a lot of irony, incorporating elements of film noir into everything, and messing with people’s expectations of certain genres.

Hypothetical Premise: The show focuses on a crime syndicate in western Nebraska.  The gangsters use a meat packaging industry as a front, and the main protagonist of the show is a worker there who sees all the goings on but is not directly involved.  As the first season progressed, he would be forced to choose whether or not he wanted to be directly involved with the criminals or find another job in Hell.  This situation allows for a lot of humor as well as dealing with the basic Coen theme of greed and their motifs of money and food.

Cross Between: The Sopranos, A Serious Man, and Miller’s Crossing.

Likely to bring along: Frances McDormand.  She’s had a role in many of their films, and she can act.  She could portray pretty much any kind of character in the show, but I’d love to see her as a crime boss.  They brothers may also bring along regulars John Goodman and John Turturro, but George Clooney probably isn’t going back to television.

Likely hood of this happening?: 3/10.  The Coen Brothers love movies, and they have a steady stream of projects lined up.  Their newest one, a remake of True Grit, comes out this Christmas, and with the way they work there just isn’t time to work in a television show.  It’s a shame.

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