A Friday Night Lights movie is really happening, according to FNL creator Peter Berg, who confirmed that the script is nearly finished. He also wants the original TV cast members back for the big screen reunion. (PHOTO: NBC).
Movie. TV show. Now, a movie again?
Friday Night Lights is heading (back) to the big screen. That's right. Tim Riggins and his golden locks might make an appearance in the big screen adaptation of the popular TV series, which was originally based on the beloved football movie starring Billy Bob Thronton, which was based on the book by H.G. Bissinger. (Glad that's clear).
Jason Katims, who was our super talented show-runner, is about done with the script, FNL creator Peter Berg recently told MTV News.
And he wants the original cast members back. That includes Kyle Chandler (Coach Eric Taylor), Connie Briton (Tami Taylor), Taylor Kitsch (Tim Riggins), Zach Gilford (Matt Saracen), Aimee Teegarden (Julie Taylor), Adrianne Palicki (Tyra Collette) and a slew of others.
You never know. So much of these things become scheduling . . . but if we can get everyone in the same room at the same time, we all want to do it. We're not done with 'Friday Night Lights,' Berg added.
So what about the storyline?
When the lights went off at the end of Season 5, the Taylors had moved to Philadelphia, where Tami took on a job as Dean of Admissions at a college. Coach opted for a job with the Pemberton Pioneers, famously shouting Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, to a quiet team.
Ah, we'll deal with that later. Grab a lap, he says with a smirk, before walking off the empty field, arm-in-arm with Tami.
We ended the series with Matt and Julie in Chicago (engaged and deep in their studies), Riggins building his dream house, and some Lions off and away (Luke off to war, Vince playing for the Panthers).
Oh, and the Lions basking in their State Championship glory -- only for a brief moment, as the school closed down shortly after.
According to Berg, the Friday Night Lights movie will be all about the coach, with a storyline that mirrors that of former Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach, who was involved in a 2007 controversy which ended in Leach losing his job.
One of my heroes, a coach at Texas Tech who was unjustly fired and unjustly accused of mistreating a player with a concussion, which was proven to not have been the case. He's now at Washington State getting ready for what I think will be a great redemption story, Berg said.
It would be critical that we get Kyle and Connie -- we anchored the show around them -- and then bring in Riggins, Tyra, Lyla and all other characters as we could get them. But the idea is to really revolve it around the coach, he added.
In September, Chandler and Katims took home trophies for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and Outstanding Writing for a Drama series, respectively, at the 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards. The highly underrated show had been nominated a total of nine times in its five seasons.
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