Sources tell Variety that the movie is not a sequel to Universal’s 2004 film starring Billy Bob Thornton, nor is it based on NBC’s TV series with Kyle Chandler. Instead, it’s a new property revolving around a Texas High School football team.
Filmmakers John Erick and Drew Dowdle have joined the reimagining of “Friday Night Lights” at Universal Pictures.
Peter Berg helmed the original 2004 film which starred Billy Bob Thornton, Garrett Hedlund, Lucas Black, Jay Hernandez and Derek Luke. Critics liked the film a lot but it made only a modest $61 million at the domestic box office.
Then NBC and Berg remade the property as a TV series starring Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Taylor Kitsch and Adrienne Palicki. That version garnered even more critical acclaim and had a successful five-year run.
Both will do a polish on the script, with John Erick directing and Drew exec producing this new version which is a whole new take on the story of a Texas High School football team but with all new characters and a different setting.
David Gordon Green and Josh Parkinson penned the most recent version of the script with an earlier draft by Robert Schenkkan.