Peter Berg’s 2004 Texas football film “Friday Night Lights” scored good notices upon its release, but it has been the five season-long TV series incarnation that has really scored both critical acclaim and cult following.
Since it wrapped last year, fans have been keen to see the small screen version’s cast get their time on the big screen, especially Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton’s husband-and-wife characters. Those involved seem to all be keen to do it, but little progress seems to have been made.
Now, out doing “Battleship” promotion, Peter Berg did an interview for Details Magazine (via Zap2It) during which Britton stopped by and they both talked about a FNL movie.
Britton says she’d just come from a meeting at the office of the show’s former executive producer Jason Katims, and “we were talking about something else and I said, ‘Forget about all that. Is this movie going to happen?’ I was sitting on his couch, and he’s like, ‘Look behind you.’ And I look behind me and it’s a wall with a big, huge corkboard on it with all these 3×5 cards. That’s what these writers do, they do the whole story on 3×5 cards. He’s like, ‘That’s the movie.'”
Britton added “I was so excited. Then [Katims was], like, ‘Don’t look at it! I don’t want you to see it until it’s a script.’ I’m like, ‘I’d better have a good part in it!'”. Berg added Kyle Chandler has agreed to do the film.
It’s been suggested that the central story is reportedly based on the scandal in which Texas Tech coach Mike Leach was fired for reportedly making a concussed player wait in an equipment closet. Leach later stated that he had asked the player, the son of Patriots running back Craig James, to stay out of the sun.