“[It] was a very odd thing to think about, which is: How do you take the essence of a story and translate it into a completely new story,” he recalled. “But it liberated me in a lot of ways to create something where I wasn’t imitating. I wasn’t taking pieces that [filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen] had created and sort of mimicking them.”
Hawley’s Fargo TV series has been shot in Calgary and other parts of Alberta.
“You don’t have to follow any rules. If you come up with something, you can do something because you think it’s cool, or that it’s pretty or it manipulates somebody,” he said, then added with a smile, “We’re in the manipulation business here.”
My opinion: I have never seen the show before, but I would like to check out the pilot.
Jan. 11, 2017 "Riverdale is a subversive, dark take on Archie Comics universe": Today I found this article by John Doyle in the Globe and Mail:
Archie hesitates and the viewer knows why. It’s because he is having, but can’t explain, a passionate fling with Miss Grundy (Sarah Habel). In Riverdale, Miss Grundy is not the white-haired schoolteacher of the comics. She’s a siren of a music teacher quite ready to indulge in an intense sexual affair with a student.
Especially after Veronica and Betty indulge in a passionate kiss in their cheerleader uniforms. I swear I’m not making this up.
Obviously not, in this world where everybody is hiding something. Most characters barely pretend to be wholesome. Me, I’m no expert on the Archie Comics universe, but I know enough to recognize that this is the Archie universe on acid.
But for most Americans, Archie Comics and its iconic characters are apple-pie wholesome.
When the series was in development, executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa says there were mind-boggling suggestions from one unnamed executive. “He said, ‘I want you to think about time travel, Archie travelling through time,’ ” Aguirre-Sacasa told us. Then came another suggestion: “Portals are huge,” this exec said. “A portal to another dimension [for Archie]” And then came the wildest idea: “What if Louis C.K. is Archie?” Aguirre-Sacasa described the situation as, “Like something out of an episode of Entourage.”
My opinion: When I first heard about this show, I was kind of "eh" with it. As in I wasn't really that excited about it. It was about teens and I have really stopped watching shows about them. I have leaned to written action- dramas like Blindspot, Quantico, and Arrow.
I don't know if I could take the show seriously because I read these comics books in elementary school. However, there was a murder mystery. I decided I'll record all the episodes and watch it in a week.
It was pretty good. There is a good mystery with surprises and turns in it.