Noah Hawley is the ultimate in creative cool and Before the Fall proves it. (Click on the title to order: Noah needs a little more dough.) He is a polymath of form, creating Fargo the television show for FX. He’ll also produce and write the pilot of FX’s Legion, based on the Marvel comic character. He signed a deal with Universal for a film in their monster series and will write the screenplay for Before the Fall for Sony. He’s about to direct a film by a first-time screenwriter. Noah is a busy dude.
Before Before the Fall, however, Mr Hawley published four books with four different publishers. Why, I can’t imagine. If I got my hands on a writer with the Porsche engine of Noah Hawley, I would have never let him go. (As an editor, sillies.) I don’t know what the history with those 4 books and those 4 publishers was, but I doubt it was that great. Writers stay where they are supported. They move on if they are not.
But his publishing past is moot. What Noah did was extraordinary, a gift I’d been waiting for, praying would happen. Noah fused the wild velocity and back and forth time travel of the best of on-demand storytelling. He surprised at every corner, keeping you endlessly off balance (kinda like the world). He even turns his ending on end: It’s the petty and mundane that kills in the end.
Noah Hawley is the guy. The velocity of his writing is spectacular and all I can think about is, When will Fargo start up again? When is Noah publishing his next book? Can I see his directorial debut yet?