Fox, Coen Brothers Team for Comedy Project

Joel & Ethan Coen
Fabrizio Maltese

Best screenplay, Fargo (1997); best directors, screenplay and picture, No Country For Old Men (2007)

Joel and Ethan Coen’s 1997 oscar for writing Fargo catapulted them from the fringe to the mainstream, but their post-Oscar films were just as artfully eccentric: They simply grossed six to 16 times more. “It’s been shocking,” Joel says. Ethan adds, “Although not that shocking because everybody knows it’s a weird, fluke-y business.”

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The hourlong single-camera project will revolve around a Los Angeles private investigator whose work frequently includes a who’s who of Hollywood.

The Coen Brothers are coming to the small screen.

Fox has given a script plus penalty commitment to Harve Karbo, an hourlong single-camera comedy project co-created by the Oscar-winning brothers Joel and Ethan Coen and Cedar Rapids writer Phil Johnson.

The Imagine TV project, the brothers' first foray into television, revolves around a touchy Los Angeles private investigator -- and his deadbeat friends in El Segundo -- whose cases frequently force him to cross paths with a who’s who of Hollywood.

Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Johnson, Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo will executive produce for Imagine TV and 20th Television; Johnson will pen the script.

The Coen brothers’ No Country for Old Men took home the Academy Award for best picture in 2008. Last year’s True Grit, which the duo also penned, picked up a nomination in the category. The brothers have four other Oscar wins under their belt, for writing, adapting and directing No Country as well as for penning 1996’s Fargo.

They currently have features Gambit, Suburbicorn and Inside Llewyn Davis in various stages of production.

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