FARGO: Any Chance of a Sequel?

Discussion in 'DVD Video' started by Scot Gardner, Oct 14, 2003.

  1. Scot Gardner

    Scot Gardner Guest

    With such great characters and character development, the original
    _Fargo_ would be an excellent source of material for a sequel or two. If
    only it were possible to pitch this idea to the Coens. Here are just a
    few of the possibilities.

    Gaear Grimsrud: With time off for good behavior, Gaear gets paroled to a
    halfway house in Minneapolis. Even though he is still a psychotic,
    sociopathic killer, prison psychiatrists proclaim him sane and no longer
    a danger to society. (Minnesota's large and committed contingent of
    lawyers, professors, clergy and others vehemently oppose the death
    penalty for what they see as a punishment that is expensive, ineffective
    as a crime deterrent and used disproportionately on poor and minority
    defendants.) Since Grumsrud is Swedish, he fits the minority profile.

    Jerry Lundegaard: With time off for good behavior, Jerry also gets
    paroled to a halfway house in Minneapolis Even though he goes back to
    being a psychotic, sociopathic car salesman, prison psychiatrists have
    proclaimed him sane and no longer a danger to society. It is at the
    halfway house that Jerry tries to recruit Gaear into becoming a car
    salesman, but Gaear's conscience won't let him do it.

    Shep Proudfoot: Shep's parole violation got him another three years in
    Stillwater, where he was active in prison drug trafficking. Two of his
    best customers were Grimsrud and Lundegaard. After Shep was paroled, he
    became the manager of an Indian casino which specializes in laundering
    money for the mob.

    Marge Gunderson: After the birth of Marge Junior, Chief Gunderson
    continued to work full time except for few months that she took off to
    have three more children. After the parole of Gaear Grimsrud, people
    continually turn up dead all over the Twin Cities area and around
    Brainerd, so Marge always has plenty of job security.

    Norm Gunderson: With four children to raise, this stay at home dad
    barely has time to paint or go fishing anymore.

    Scotty Lundegaard: Hates his father for getting his mother and
    grandfather killed. Scotty's life is essentially ruined as he becomes a
    bitter and cynical high school dropout. He finally joins a religious
    cult which spends endless hours chanting Gregorian chants with accordion
    accompaniment. Scotty is one of the group's best accordionists.

    Reilly Diefenbach: Feels bad about the way things turned out after the
    ransom payment turned sour and seeks to get Scotty de-programmed.
    (Diefenbach is the executor of Gustafson's estate and Scotty's
    inheritance, which is held in trust until his 25th birthday.) Diefenbach
    now manages Gustafson Motors, which, after the demise of the Oldsmobile,
    became a Cadillac/GMC dealership.

    Mike Yanagita: Keeps hitting on Marge, to no avail. Because he had no
    job prospects, the Gundersons offered Mike a job as nanny. Mike
    baby-sits the kids while Norm paints, goes fishing, picks up lunch at
    Arby's for Marge and takes Marge to the local smorgasbord.

    Michelle Hutchison: Became the most successful "escort" in Minneapolis.
    Michelle really enjoyed being roughed up by Shep the night he threw her
    out of his apartment. ("Hit me again, I love it!") Michelle frequently
    visited Shep in prison and it was Shep's casino profits which financed
    Michelle's new business enterprise. Michelle is now the madam of the
    finest whorehouse in Minnesota. She also attended the University of
    Minnesota where she founded the Summa Cum Lousy sorority and she
    continues to help many young women earn money to pay their way through
    college.
    Scot Gardner, Oct 14, 2003
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  2. Scot Gardner

    CLOSEDOWN8 Guest

    I don't think the Coens would be interested in sequelizing "Fargo" but there
    are rumors that they want to spin Jesus Quintana from "The Big Lebowski" off
    into his own movie.
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    CLOSEDOWN8, Oct 14, 2003
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  3. Scot Gardner

    Zimmy Guest

    "Scot Gardner" <> wrote in message
    news:20031014020721.755$...
    > With such great characters and character development, the original
    > _Fargo_ would be an excellent source of material for a sequel or two. If
    > only it were possible to pitch this idea to the Coens. Here are just a
    > few of the possibilities.


    I thought I read somewhere on the DVD that there was serious consideration
    for a TV show spin-off.
    Zimmy, Oct 14, 2003
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  4. Scot Gardner

    GM Guest

    "Zimmy" <> wrote in message
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    > "Scot Gardner" <> wrote in message
    > news:20031014020721.755$...
    > > With such great characters and character development, the original
    > > _Fargo_ would be an excellent source of material for a sequel or two. If
    > > only it were possible to pitch this idea to the Coens. Here are just a
    > > few of the possibilities.

    >
    > I thought I read somewhere on the DVD that there was serious consideration
    > for a TV show spin-off.
    >
    >


    There was a pilot done a few years agao but wasn't picked up. Edie Falco was
    in the Marge Gunderson role. Trio recently aired this as well as a bunch of
    other previously unaired pilots.
    GM, Oct 14, 2003
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  5. Scot Gardner

    JR Guest

    consideration enought to shoot a pilot

    it was not too bad either

    J


    "Zimmy" <> wrote in message
    news:bmh1dp$m71bh$-berlin.de...
    > "Scot Gardner" <> wrote in message
    > news:20031014020721.755$...
    > > With such great characters and character development, the original
    > > _Fargo_ would be an excellent source of material for a sequel or two. If
    > > only it were possible to pitch this idea to the Coens. Here are just a
    > > few of the possibilities.

    >
    > I thought I read somewhere on the DVD that there was serious consideration
    > for a TV show spin-off.
    >
    >
    JR, Oct 14, 2003
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  6. Scot Gardner

    BubbCoop Guest

    <<With such great characters and character development, the original
    _Fargo_ would be an excellent source of material for a sequel or two. >>

    wow. what a HORRIBLE idea!
    BubbCoop, Oct 16, 2003
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  7. Scot Gardner

    Discordia Guest

    This was based on an actual event. I suppose they could build on
    what's happened since.
    Discordia, Oct 25, 2003
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  8. Discordia <> wrote:

    > This was based on an actual event.


    Um, no, not really. The whole true-story thing is one of the Coen's
    little jokes.

    <http://www.snopes.com/movies/films/fargo.htm>

    doug

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    Douglas Bailey, Oct 25, 2003
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  9. Discordia <> wrote:

    > This was based on an actual event.


    Um, no, not really. The whole true-story thing is one of the Coens'
    little jokes.

    <http://www.snopes.com/movies/films/fargo.htm>

    doug

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    ---------------Douglas Bailey ()---------------
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    Douglas Bailey, Oct 25, 2003
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  10. Douglas Bailey <> wrote:
    [snip]

    Whoops. Sorry for the double post...

    doug

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    Douglas Bailey, Oct 25, 2003
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  11. Scot Gardner

    Kerry Duvall Guest

    "Douglas Bailey" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Discordia <> wrote:
    >
    > > This was based on an actual event.

    >
    > Um, no, not really. The whole true-story thing is one of the Coen's
    > little jokes.
    >

    Remember this story from a couple years ago. This poor lady from Japan
    thought the story was true:
    Cause of Tokyo woman's death undetermined

    By ELIZABETH PIERCE, Bismarck Tribune

    The Detroit Lakes police chief said the cause of a Japanese woman's death
    has
    still not been determined after her body was found near Detroit Lakes,
    Minn.,
    on Nov. 15 -- six days after she was seen in Bismarck trying to find money
    buried by a character in the movie "Fargo."

    After flying to Minneapolis, 28-year-old Takako Konishi of Tokyo, Japan,
    boarded a bus for Bismarck. Bismarck Police Lt. Nick Sevart said she stayed
    at
    the Holiday Inn in Bismarck on Nov. 9, and left behind clothing, saying it
    was
    trash.

    The next day, a man found Konishi wandering around near the city landfill
    and
    Oasis truckstop in northeast Bismarck, Sevart said. Konishi didn't speak
    much
    English, so the man drove her to the Bismarck Police Department. While
    there,
    she showed officers a crude map of a tree next to a highway, drawn on white
    typing paper, that she apparently made in a quest to find the money buried
    by
    a "Fargo" character.

    Sevart said police officers tried to explain to her that "Fargo" was only a
    movie, but faced a language barrier. The department has interpreters for
    several languages, he said, but not Japanese. Police called area ethnic
    restaurants looking for a Japanese interpretor, but they were unable to find
    one.

    Since Konishi hadn't done anything illegal and her paperwork was apparently
    in
    order, Sevart said police had no reason to hold her. Sevart said Konishi
    told
    officers she wanted to go back out to the Oasis truck stop, but since she
    also
    wanted to go to Fargo, police suggested they drive her to the bus station
    instead. She apparently took a bus to Fargo, and then a taxi to Detroit
    Lakes.

    "She apparently had money, so she wasn't in need of a place to stay or
    anything," Sevart said. Bismarck police didn't write a report because they
    had
    no reason to believe anything was amiss, Sevart said.

    Her body was discovered by a bowhunter on Nov. 15, three days after she was
    last seen alive and a little more than a week after she arrived in the
    United
    States. Her body showed no signs of foul play.

    Detroit Lakes police chief Kelvin Keena said he won't know the cause of
    Konishi's death until he gets the final versions of the autopsy results and
    toxicology reports.

    Keena said he doesn't know why Konishi came to Bismarck before doubling back
    to Fargo.

    He said Konishi's family traveled to St. Paul, Minn., last week to identify
    the body. Keena said Konishi was cremated and her remains returned to Japan
    with
    her family.
    Kerry Duvall, Oct 25, 2003
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  12. Scot Gardner

    Discordia Guest

    On Fri, 24 Oct 2003 23:31:30 -0400, Douglas Bailey
    <> wrote:

    Odd, because I remember something like that happening when I live in a
    border town across from Minnesota, which was in 1987. I read the news
    stories. Maybe I'm thinking of something else.

    >Discordia <> wrote:
    >
    >> This was based on an actual event.

    >
    >Um, no, not really. The whole true-story thing is one of the Coen's
    >little jokes.
    >
    > <http://www.snopes.com/movies/films/fargo.htm>
    >
    >doug
    Discordia, Oct 25, 2003
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  13. Scot Gardner

    CLOSEDOWN8 Guest

    >Odd, because I remember something like that happening when I live in a
    >border town across from Minnesota, which was in 1987. I read the news
    >stories. Maybe I'm thinking of something else.
    >


    Did you see the "Biggs" scenes in the original "Star Wars"? Did it say "To Be
    Continued..." at the end of "Back to the Future" when you saw it initially?
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    "That's the worst reverse-acting I've ever seen!" -Sam Raimi
    CLOSEDOWN8, Oct 26, 2003
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  14. "Kerry Duvall" <> wrote:

    > Remember this story from a couple years ago. This poor lady from Japan
    > thought the story was true:
    > Cause of Tokyo woman's death undetermined
    > By ELIZABETH PIERCE, Bismarck Tribune
    >
    > The Detroit Lakes police chief said the cause of a Japanese woman's death
    > has still not been determined after her body was found near Detroit Lakes,
    > Minn., on Nov. 15 -- six days after she was seen in Bismarck trying to find
    > money buried by a character in the movie "Fargo."


    Not so, apparently. See the _Guardian_ article by Paul Berczeller...

    http://film.guardian.co.uk/features/featurepages/0,4120,970908,00.html

    ....for an article exploring the motivation behind Ms Konishi's sad end.
    (The short version: she apparently committed suicide over a romantic
    entanglement with a man, with whom she'd been to Minnesota. Nothing to
    do with the film at all.)

    doug

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    ---------------Douglas Bailey ()---------------
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    Douglas Bailey, Oct 30, 2003
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