Fargo locals are disappointed that FX Network’s new 10-episode series, based on the Coen brothers’ film set in Minnesota, will mainly be shot in Canada.
An FX spokesman explained that the series will be shot in Canada: “likely Alberta or Manitoba,” reported the THR.
Although many proud locals are upset by the decision, some are unsurprised by the TV company’s plans – unlike Minnesota, Canada now offers tax incentives to attract foreign film and television productions.
“I was afraid they might want to shoot it in Canada,” said Charley Johnson from the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau.
North Dakota state tourism director Sara Otte Coleman explained that there’s not as much incentive to film in the region, as it’s not known as a filming destination.
“We’re talking millions of millions of dollars in order to compete with locations like Canada,” said Coleman, “few other places in the U.S. that have gone after it pretty aggressively.”
Fargo (the film) is a macabre thriller and black comedy based on a local pregnant cop who investigates a man who has arranged for his wife to be kidnapped so that her rich father will pay a ransom.
The series based on the film is due for release in 2014.
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