Some may forget that Friday Night Lights actually started as a movie back in 2004 before it became the critical darling of NBC in 2006.
Aside from the premise (based on H.G. Bissinger's book), the only real holdover from the movie was Connie Britton, who went on to play Tammy Taylor, the heart and soul of the now-defunct TV show.
It's so funny to hear [from fans]: 'Do you think they'll do a movie version of 'Friday Night Lights?' and in the back of my mind I'm like, 'You do realize there already is a movie of it?' she told Us Weekly. I was actually in that one too! she added.
Now, it looks like Britton will be in yet another Friday Night Lights (FNL) movie. The star, who is currently working on American Horror Story, told Us Weekly It's happening for realsies.
This is the news that the FNL's hard core fans have waited for since it was revealed that season five would be the show's last.
According to the Emmy nominee, the show's executive producer (and original film director) Peter Berg is eager to tackle the world of Dillon, Texas once again.
Berg said back in August that he'd like to adapt the show into another movie - and Connie says he's making good on the promise.
Pete is totally fired up to do it and I know Jason Katims is talking about writing a script. I think it's really a matter of... getting everyone's busy schedules aligned and making it happen, the actress continued. It kind of feels like there's a lot of commitment to it.
After five seasons on air, the long-snubbed Friday Night Lights was finally recognized by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences one day before the series finale aired on NBC this past spring.
The show was nominated for Best Drama, Britton was nominated for Best Actress and her co-star and good friend Kyle Chandler took home the Best Actor Emmy for his role as the tight-lipped Coach.
FNL also picked up the Emmy for Best Writing in a Drama Series.
Never a ratings hit, the NBC show barely made it to season five. FNL was saved from near certain cancellation back in 2008 when NBC and DirecTV struck a deal: episodes would air first on DirecTV and months later on NBC.
FNL always felt like a hidden treasure lost in the network's lineup.
The show, which took place in the fictional town of Dillon, Texas, defied definition. It was a sports show that played out more like a soap opera. It took place in a conservative southern town, yet dealt with issues of homosexuality and abortion. What demographic the producers targeted remained a mystery.
Shot on location around Austin, Texas, and in a collaborative and improvisational style, FNL is remembered for its naturalism. Though much of the cast came and went throughout the show's five year run as characters graduated from high school and moved on, FNL's writing team kept the show fresh with honest vignettes of life in small town America.
The show finished with several loose ends that I won't spoil for anyone who has yet to watch. The proposed movie will likely pick up on those story lines, but it leaves fans wondering which characters will appear. Will the original cast jump back in or will the movie focus on the second generation?
There's no word from the other stars yet, but Britton tells Us Weekly, I, for one, will do my part in trying to push it along.
No studios are involved in funding the project just yet, but if you have clear eyes and full hearts, you can't lose, right?
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