If you're a Fargo fan and chomping at the bit for the return of the TV adaptation of the Coen Brothers' movie, settle in for a long wait.

Season 4 is definitely in the pipeline - but the bad news is that it will probably be 2020 at the earliest by the time it returns to your TV screens.

Noah Hawley, director of the FX series, had previously said that Season 4 would only start shooting in 2019 and that premiering the same year would be a 'long shot' - and now producer Warren Littlefield has confirmed that it will be autumn 2019 when it starts shooting, which makes a 2019 air date even more unlikely. Season 3 premiered in April 2017, which makes a gap of three years probable.

"We have a year, and we have a city [that the season is set in],” he said. "The plan would be to go into production and start shooting in the fall of 2019. Noah has a lot on his plate. Noah knows when it is and where it is, and he’ll commence writing that after he shoots his feature with Fox Searchlight this summer. So in the fall, he’ll begin writing and with Fargo we generally have most of the scripts written before we go into production.”

That aforementioned feature is 'Pale Blue Dot', a sci-fi film starring Reese Witherspoon. There's no word yet on who may be cast in Season 4 of Fargo, but watch this space.