The creator of Fargo (the FX anthology series, not the film) is getting ready to make his feature film directorial debut. Prior to his Emmy-winning project, Noah Hawley worked on Bones, The Unusuals, and My Generation, and now he’s taking his talents to the big screen to tackle a sci-fi work called Man Alive.
Hawley already has some developed chops with this genre as illustrated by the unexpected turn in Fargo. Very little is known about Man Alive, which is described as “an elevated sci-fi spec script” by first-time screenwriter Joe Greenberg, but Deadline reports that 20th Century Fox made a six-figure deal to acquire the rights. Chris Bender, Jake Weiner, and Jake Wagner are also aboard to help Hawley produce.
The Fox brand has been happy with Hawley’s work. Fargo, which capped a second season, is returning for a third. He’s also developing FX’s X-Men-based pilot for Legion, which stars Dan Stevens and Aubrey Plaza in the story of the telepathic David Haller (known in the comics as the trouble son of Professor Charles Xavier). Hawley is also working on a limited series event based on Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle, a post-apocalyptic satire featuring a little person protagonist, and plays on technology and religion, among others. Hawley is writing and executive producing the work.
Though, again, we know very little about his big-screen vehicle, Hawley has proven himself an adept craftsman. Add in the sci-fi factor, which he’s already delivered on, and it seems like a match made in cinematic heaven.
Elsewhere, Hawley told us that he’s planning to shoot season 3 of Fargo this November for a potential premiere in spring of 2017. He also said that the “more contemporary story” will be set in 2010, and teased it’ll set “these very pragmatic and humble people against a culture of narcissism.”