Exclusive Details: Friday Night Lights May Continue… On the Big Screen

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Friday Night Lights may be going into overtime in a big way. The Emmy-nominated drama — which wraps its fifth and final season on NBC tonight — may continue on the big screen.

I know what you’re thinking: There already was an FNL movie with Billy Bob Thornton in the lead. Well, this one would pick up where the small screen version left off and center on Coach Taylor and Tami, as played by Emmy nominees Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton (who portrayed the same role opposite Thornton in the original flick).

The twisty story all started to unravel itself Thursday, when Grantland.com editor in chief Bill Simmons tweeted that, “Peter Berg told us he wants to do an FNL movie with Chandler/Britton off the final episode.” After that, multiple sources told me it’s no pipe dream. Berg, who directed the original feature and shepherded the NBC series with exec producer Jason Katims, is working behind the scenes to make it a reality.

Of course, if you thought the road from TV to movie was complicated, that may be child’s play compared to going from the big screen to the small screen and back to the big screen. In addition to book rights, there are multiple production companies, Imagine and NBC’s production arm, Universal Media Studios, involved.

A rep for Universal Pictures, which produced the first movie and would oversee the reboot, tells TVLine, “We do not currently have a FNL project in development.” But obviously, I think the key word there is currently.

Thoughts? Excited at the prospect of seeing Coach and Tami again? Hit the comments! Oh, and here’s my answer: Hell, yes!!!

Comments (97)

  • I think Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler could totally make an amazing movie. They are amazing.

    Comment by Amy – July 15, 2011 08:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Brilliant finale. I am sad it’s over.

    Comment by Amy – July 15, 2011 08:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Nah, don’t do it. Just leave it be. It ended so brilliantly.

    Comment by Eric – July 15, 2011 10:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Co-sign. Leave great alone. Not that Hollywood ever does.

      Comment by Murph – July 15, 2011 11:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

    Tears, Tears & more Tears & here is Why

    Our entire family love Friday Night Lights, because it is indicative of real problems with real people. It is very to similar to what happens in small towns across America. From the NYT to Wall St Journal to San Francisco Bay Area papers, FNL is by far one of the greatest TV programs of all times. I have seen many blogs & writters from various areas in the country write their disappointment that the show was cancelled. The NBC Peacock continues to loose her feathers because of poor judgment by the network. NBC has done everything possible to turn viewership away, from the irregular scheduling of FNL and finally cancellation. However, if everyone remembers, last year so many came to the rescue so that FNL was continued in a partership with NBC & Direct TV. Too bad that somewhere, or someone did not see the value and purchase FNL in order to continue the wonderful saga of small town communities fighting for the best life has to offer. Many of us will forever hold Friday Night Lights and the cast forever in our hearts. Thank you Peter Berg :)

    Comment by Lynz2727 – July 15, 2011 11:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Off topic (haven’t been watching this show) but I want to see a Gilmore Girls movie! Make it happen…

    Comment by Annika – July 16, 2011 04:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I don’t know how I feel about this. If they bring some of the rest of the cast back for cameos, that would be cool.

    Like Michael B Jordan!!! Did you read this interview?

    Comment by Sarah – July 16, 2011 08:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • PLEASE PLEASE make a movie, I LOVE this show, and was so sad to see it end!

    Comment by Tami Martin – July 16, 2011 07:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Loved this show so sad it is over! Kudos to all- actors, writers, directors, etc. – wish it would never end!

    Comment by Anne R – July 16, 2011 08:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If they make one Tim and Vince both have to be in it

    Comment by Swag – July 17, 2011 04:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great actors and producer. It would be great to see it continue!!

    Comment by Rob – July 17, 2011 08:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hell yes!! Just be sure to bring back Smash & his Mama. She was one of my all time favorites!!

    Comment by FNL Fan – July 18, 2011 10:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The best show on television hands down. I would love to see a movie.
    I would love it even more if they reconsider the show for many more seasons. Pray fans, pray!

    Comment by CJS – July 18, 2011 10:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yes, I so hope they do this. These are high school kids — there will always be high school kids in America who play football — as gorgeous, as ugly, as nice, as not, as gutsy — they’re kids! What they need is this coach & his wife. No reason a movie based on the TV show can’t work. Think Broadway based on the movie followed by a remake of the movie based on the show. Plus, hey, it’s all based on a book, and the book was based on a real true, inspiring, sad, amazing story. :)

    Comment by Arlene – July 18, 2011 02:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I would love to see an FNL movie but I want everybody back.

    Riggins, Garrity, Street, Saracen, Julie, Tyra, Landry, Luke, Smash, Vince, Luke, and Becky.

    Comment by taylor – July 19, 2011 12:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • YES>>>PLEASE….make this a reality.

    More Coach, more Riggins…more FNL.

    Comment by cassie – July 20, 2011 10:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This was the best show on tv. I think it didn’t get a fair shake as many thought it was all about football and it was much much more then football and most everyone could relate to it. The issues and drama was real. I would love to see more of it in any format that can be provided. Obviously, it would be a must to have some of the main players in it if it does come back. In order to appreciate it though, we must have “clear eyes, full hearts”
    Texas forever!

    Comment by Jake – July 21, 2011 08:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Any more FNL that we can get, we’ll take it-the best show ever. The problem with the show was it got moved around on the TV schedule too much and not enough promotions of the show. I can’t understand why some TV shows are constantly being advertised and then others just kind every now and then. Initially, the problem was the writes strike that happened. I think it thorugh off alot of quality shows that had just gotten started and then the strike happened. Is very sad when there is actually very good shows instead oof lall the violence, prafanity, sex and etc.

    Comment by georgiegirl – July 22, 2011 09:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m not sure if i’d see this or not, i guess it depends on whose in it. i watched for what was going on with julie, luke & becky, jess & vince whose last moments kind of sucks. i mean he was saying how he loved her and all that and she was moving away so it was just over. i’d have to go on imdb.com when its for sure because i know they can’t have everybody in it but i just hope its people i want to see.

    Comment by Ebony – August 2, 2011 09:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • hello from europe / austria
    yes make a movie, there are so many open questions … give us all a end… so many people hate when a seasons ends … when to much questions are there … we all wants to see happy endings then we can close our hearts … an make our own …

    Comment by marco – December 20, 2012 02:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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