Larry Gauper, of Fargo, a retired health insurance executive, also thinks most people are looking forward to the TV show.
"There are some people who don't like us sort of being mocked or being made fun of, but I think most people really appreciate the attention Fargo gets," Gauper said.
But "Fargo" movie fan Marnie Piehl wonders if the city has changed too much — thanks to population growth and a revitalized downtown with high-end restaurants and bars serving craft beer and organic vegetables — that it no longer makes sense to situate the TV show here. McDormand's character would have left Fargo years ago, Piehl said.
"That may sound funny to someone from New York, but it just doesn't fit for me anymore," she said. "The North Dakota story is not the Marge Gunderson story anymore."
Though details about the plot and characters in the FX show are scant, that hasn't stopped Fargo residents from speculating about it.
Mayor Dennis Walaker said his favorite character is the sheriff, and hopes McDormand gets a prominent role. And although Rudrud's character, Macy's wife, was killed off in the movie, she joked that there might be room for her in the adaptation.
"Well, I haven't been chopped up," she said. "There's always a possibility."