Will 'Friday Night Lights' Head to the Big Screen for a Second Time?

Back in 2004 when I saw the original film adaptation of Friday Night Lights, based on the H.G. Bissinger bestseller and considered "one of the greatest sports stories of all time" by "Sports Illustrated", I thought it was a pretty good movie. I wasn't blown away, but certainly enjoyed myself. Director Peter Berg then went on to shepherd the NBC series which began in 2006 and ended with the season five and series finale last night.

The "Friday Night Lights" TV series stars Kyle Chandler as Eric Taylor, the head coach of the Dillon High School Panthers, a small town group of Texas football players, and follows the ups and downs of the team, its players, coaching staff, family and friends. The cast included the likes of Connie Britton, Aimee Teegarden and rising star Taylor Kitsch who will be seen as the title character in Disney's John Carter as well as a member of the cast of Berg's upcoming 2012 blockbuster Battleship.

With the show coming to a close it was thought this would be the end, but a new report from TV Line seems to insinuate things may not be over just yet.

On Thursday, Grantland editor Bill Simmons tweeted the following: "Peter Berg told us he wants to do [a 'Friday Night Lights'] movie with [Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton] off the final episode." TV Line's Michael Ausiello followed up on that tweet and sources told him this was more than just idle chatter and that Berg is working behind the scenes to make it a reality.

A representative from Universal told Ausiello they don't "currently have a ['Friday Night Lights'] project in development," but considering the number of producers involved it would be unlikely for the studio to jump the gun and confirm the project one way or another.

While I have never watched the show, my girlfriend is obsessed and I know many others are as well. Chandler's involvement in J.J. Abrams' Super 8 was one of the reasons I noticed many people were excited for that film, and I personally remember enjoying Britton on the Michael J. Fox sitcom "Spin City" not to mention her turns on "The West Wing" and "24". Moving from television to the big screen, however, is a tough move to make, but this is one project I would imagine stands a good chance.

What do you think?

  • Will

    I will make the obligatory 'you HAVE to watch this show' comment. Do it. Do it now.

    As much as I loved the show, it ended extremely well, and (not to spoil) but I really don't see how they could make a movie or what it would even be about. It definitely could not be about what the show was about. I don't think this is a thing that will happen.

    • Tony

      I agree completely. I watched the finale months ago on DirectTV and then re-watched it last night and simply put... just an amazing ending. One of the strengths of the show was the writing and the script for a film should be stellar before even considering moving into production. Brad... you should check out at least the first 6 episodes of the first season... you will not be disappointed.

  • Winchester

    It's an interesting idea.

    I'm in the UK, and frankly I have zero interest in American Football itself, but I did see the first season of the show before it seemed to stop being shown in the UK, and I thought the first season was one of the best seasons of television that I had seen at that time, because it wasn't even really about the football as such.

    It was the story of a town and the people in that town. The acting from Chandler and Britton was phenomenal and so was most of the cast.

    I wished I had been able to see subsequent series properly but I sort of followed it online and it's a series with a very devoted following. I don't know if it would be big enough to support a feature film using the TV series cast though.

  • Trevor

    I loved the show dearly and while I wish it would have continued, I was very happy with how things ended.

    I've supported the show for years and if a movie would bring more people into the fold I'm all for it. I just question if there's any money to be made continuing a story that not that many people watched.

  • http://www.filmsroyale.com Kendrick Wong

    As long as the soundtrack is filled with more Explosions in the Sky, I'm game.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alejandro-Roggio/1487010008 Alejandro Roggio

    I've never seen the show. I'll try and get around to it.

  • Matt

    I feel like everything beloved TV series, particularly those which are cancelled early, have rumors of movie adaptations.

    I'm an obsessive Veronica Mars fan, for example, and there's been a lot of talk of a film version but it's never come close to actually happening (as much as I wish it would, considering a part of me died inside when it ended).

    I've never seen Friday Nights Lights, the movie or the series, but both look really great. I, however, wouldn't get too excited for a film version just yet. Then again, we did have "Serenity."

  • Plynch

    This show was what I love about watching tv/movies. The writing, the acting the incredible cinematography there was really nothing to ever complain about this show. I follow each of the actors into their individual ventures like I follow my favorite sports stars to their next teams. As awesome as the show was/is I would find it hard to see where pete berg could take it to the big screen, however given the amazing run they had and the clear eyes, full hearts attitude they ave to every episode I would whole heartfelt follow this to the big screen!! I love it!!!

  • Dolphin

    We can probably agree that a lot of 'ifs' would have to happen for a 2nd film to ever occur:

    1) Enough time would need to elapse between the TV show and a new movie for this idea to even be taken seriously.
    2) A proven audience (as FNLs never achieved network numbers)
    3) An incredibly written script ... probably more along the lines of the first movie than the TV show (unless it is more like the TV Pilot which was incredible).
    4) A $$$ backer.
    5) Berg as writer/director.
    6) Chandler/Britton and possibly others would have have to agree (most likely depending on 1-5)and be available to reprise their roles.

    Truth is, FNLs could take place with any coach, with any team, in any town. It could be drama or documentary ... or anything else Berg's imagination could dream up.

    Yes! Explosions in the Sky is a must. With maybe some Jose Gonzales thrown in for good measure and a little "Devil Town."

  • Danny

    I'm not sure how they could continue the show into a film... It ended perfectly... as a previous commentor already stated. I was sad to see the show end as it is one of my favorite shows... but I think if Berg made a new movie, it would almost negate the way the show ended... because it ended with such closure. Yes, you could follow the characters of Chandler and Brittin as well as many other characters from the show... but it would a be a completely different story... just captilizing on the shows name and devoted fan base. I'm not going to write off a movie just yet, though I honestly don't think it'll happen, but I'll go against my normal movie nature and stay very weary of it...