'Fargo' Creator Noah Hawley Signs First-Look Film Deal With 20th Century Fox

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John Cameron and Noah Hawley; Leigh Kittay

The pact cements Hawley in the stable at Fox, with whom he already has a deal via FX Productions.

Fargo creator Noah Hawley and his 26 Key Productions have signed an first-look film deal with 20th Century Fox.

The pact cements Hawley, who gained acclaim for his translation of Fargo from film to TV, in the stable at Fox, with whom he already has a deal via FX Productions.

As part of the film deal, Leigh Kittay has been hired as head of film at 26 Keys, the production company Hawley runs with partner John Cameron.

26 Keys is hitting the ground running with a project already in development: Man Alive, a sci-fi project that Hawley may direct. He also is producing with Cameron and Benderspink. Kittay will executive produce.

“There’s a phrase you hear a lot in the movie business: execution dependent. It refers to a property or an idea that is more nuanced than high-concept, more layered in tone and character than the obvious commercial film," said Hawley. "In order to get made, these films have to be great from script to score. This is our mission, to find and develop unique films with visionary writers and directors."

He added: “To this end, we are thrilled to be working with Jim [Gianopulos], Stacey [Snider], Emma [Watts] and everyone else at Fox who’ve proven time and time again that the best recipe for success is to make a better film.”

Kittay most recently served as a vp at Parkes+MacDonald, which she joined in 2011. Among the projects she oversaw were the upcoming comedy Keeping Up With the Joneses, starring Jon Hamm and Zach Galifianakis, and the award-winning documentary He Named Me Malala. Before that, Kittay was an exec at J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions.