Peter Berg Provides Update on FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS Movie; Says Story Would Center Around Coach Taylor

     February 15, 2012


Friday Night Lights is hands down one of the best television series in history, so when news came that executive producer Peter Berg planned on continuing the story in a new feature film, I was extremely happy. The NBC series was itself a continuation of Berg’s 2006 film, but this new feature will be tied to the characters that we saw in the television show. Berg announced last August that he and executive producer Jason Katims were working on a script and they hoped to begin production this year. Now Berg has provided another update on the movie saying that it’s still in the works, but the difficulty is now getting everyone’s schedules to line up. Hit the jump for more.

kyle-chandler-friday-night-lights-imageSpeaking with MTV, Berg gave the following update on the movie’s status:

“Jason Katims, who was our super talented show-runner, is about done with the script. You never know. So much of these things become scheduling. Kyle [Chandler] is busy, Adrianne [Palicki] is busy, Taylor [Kitsch] is busy, Connie Britton is busy, 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.”

As for what the story will entail, Berg revealed that the film will center on Chandler’s Coach Taylor and will parallel real-life coach Mike Leach:

“[Katims] has come up with a really great storyline that parallels what happened to Mike Leach, 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. It would be critical that we get Kyle and Connie [onboard for the film] — 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.”

taylor-kitsch-friday-night-lightsIt’s an interesting approach, and one I think ultimately suits the tone of the series. Leach himself actually made a cameo on the show at one point, and it might be neat if they brought him back for the feature. While Chandler and Britton are obviously crucial to the film, Kitsch has some reservations about taking a full-on supporting role in the film:

“I loved the way I left Riggs. You never know. Maybe a little cameo or something. We’ll see if he even wants me in it.”

Kitsch is poised to become as star in his own right, as he headlines two high-profile releases this year: John Carter and Berg’s Battleship. Nevertheless, I’m excited to see the story of the Taylors continued on the big screen. While a big screen iteration of a TV show is generally something to be wary of, I feel assured that Katims and Berg won’t let us down. Clear eyes, full hearts, you know the rest…



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