'Friday Night Lights:' Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Movie

Monday, 09 December 2013 17:00 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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'Friday Night Lights:' Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Movie

Hey y'all, bad news. 

Or maybe good news, depending on which side of Dillon you're standing on.

The odds of a Friday Night Lights movie catching up with Eric and Tami Taylor have gone from slim to none.

Since the critically acclaimed drama ended its five-season run back in 2011, many passionate fans of the series have been waiting to see if a much-discussed movie continuation would actually happen, becoming a true oddity: a movie based on a non-fiction book about a real Texas high school football team leading to a TV show of the same name about a fictitious Texas high school football team leading to another movie about college football following characters from the show.

That unlikely scenario will remain just that according to executive producer Peter Berg, the man who directed the 2004 movie starring Billy Bob Thornton and developed the source material for television.

“There’s not gonna be a movie,” the onetime Aspen Extreme star told Collider in an interview promoting his upcoming Lone Survivor. “We talked about it, some people thought it was a good idea, some didn’t; I’ve come to believe it’s probably not a good idea and I seriously doubt it’s gonna happen.”

The division between people who thought it was a good idea and people who didn't was evident in the hypothetical movie's lead actors.  Connie Britton, who played Principal Taylor, was in the former camp, while Kyle Chandler, the all-important Coach Taylor, was in the latter.

Chandler struck a reluctant note discussing the possibility of a movie a year ago, saying, “My general attitude about Friday Night Lights is, it was a great movie with Billy Bob and it was a great TV show. They ended it at exactly the right time and in exactly the right way, as well.”

Britton, on the other hand, has been cheering on the film, written by series executive producer Jason Katims, providing ever-positive updates on the project.  Berg himself got in on the updating with Britton in May of last year, talking about the the central storyline, which would've been inspired by the story of Mike Leach, a Texas Tech coach who was fired on account of story that turned out to be bunk. 

At the time, Berg said emphatically, "We're doing it."

What could have changed the Hancock and Battleship director's mind since then is anybody's guess.

Regardless of why, it sounds like FNL fans won't be seeing if Buddy Garrity managed to become mayor of Dillon or Crucifictorious ever recorded a hit album.

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