Friday Night Lights Movie Isn't Happening
In news that probably wonít come as a major surprise to anyone, but is still going to be disappointing to some fans, Peter Berg ó director of Friday Night Lights, the film, and creator of FNL, the TV series that followed ó says the movie that would have served as a follow-up to the series isnít happening.
Collider sat down with Berg to talk about his upcoming movie Lone Survivor and during the conversation, they inquired about the rumored FNL movie. Berg responded:
"Thereís not gonna be a movie.† We talked about it, some people thought it was a good idea, some didnít; Iíve come to believe itís probably not a good idea and I seriously doubt itís gonna happen."
Talk of a Friday Night Lights movie goes back to 2011 when the NBC series wrapped up. However, since then, the cast has scattered, going on to pick up other projects. For Connie Britton, who played Coach Taylorís wife Tami, itís a steady gig on ABCís country music drama Nashville, while Kyle Chandler has taken roles in films like Argo, Zero Dark Thirty and the upcoming Scorsese pic The Wolf on Wall Street. Aimee Teegarden, who played the Taylor daughter Julie, is set to star in the CWís new sci-fi teen drama Star-Crossed, which debuts during Midseason. And those are just three of Friday Night Lightsís stars. Gathering the full -- or even a satisfactory partial -- cast that included all or most of the fan favorites wouldíve been a challenge on its own.
As a fan of the series, Iíd certainly see a(nother) Friday Night Lights movie, but Iím not particularly devastated that it doesnít look like itís going to happen. Among the series that "need" a follow-up film, Friday Night Lights isnít particularly high on that list mainly because the series ended really well, which is a lot more than can be said for other TV shows that were either cancelled before their time or else, ended poorly for whatever the reason. I wouldnít even argue that the series was cancelled too soon. While itís definitely true that the drama never earned the ratings it deserved, it had a solid five-season run and it didnít overstay its welcome. So it seems, for now, the series is where this story ends. But factoring in the ongoing trend of reboots and remakes in Hollywood, letís face it, thereís always the chance weíll see the Dillon Panthers back on the screen, either big or small. Clear eyes, full hearts. Canít lose!
Youíll find Friday Night Lights on our list of 100+ Netflix TV offerings available to binge-watch over the holidays.
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