The original Friday Night Lights movie is hands down one of my favorite sports movies of all time, mostly because it showed the other side of sports; the incredible heartbreak when everything seems so storybook and ends in utter heartbreak.
So why are there now rumors of a second Friday Night Lights movie that isn’t at all related to the first movie? Simple. Because of the highly successful Friday Night Lights TV series.
Last year, it was announced that FNL executive producers Peter Berg and Jason Katims were working on a script. But as with any TV to film adaptation, scheduling conflicts seem to get in the way, but there is momentum to get another movie done.
In an interview with MTV, Berg states…
“Jason Katims, who was our super talented show-runner, is about done with the script. You never know. So much of these things become scheduling. Kyle [Chandler] is busy, Adrianne [Palicki] is busy, Taylor [Kitsch] is busy, Connie Britton is busy, but if we can get everyone in the same room at the same time, we all want to do it. We’re not done with Friday Night Lights.”
But where does that leave a possible storyline? Will they spin off the finale of the TV show or make another movie that resembles the first classic? Or will they show the actual winning that 99% of sports movies do instead of a heartbreaking loss? Believe it or not, the new Friday Night Lights movie may bring to life the story of… Mike Leach. More from Berg:
“[Katims] has come up with a really great storyline that parallels what happened to Mike Leach, one of my heroes, a coach at Texas Tech who was unjustly fired and unjustly accused of mistreating a player with a concussion, which was proven to not have been the case. He’s now at Washington State getting ready for what I think will be a great redemption story,” Berg explained.
Berg is working with Mike Leach on an HBO documentary at Washington State, but could his firing at Texas Tech at the hands of Craig James actually be brought to a theater near you through Friday Night Lights? Could Craig James be immortalized as a villainous, delusional, drunk with power ex-football star slash failed Senate candidate? There are too many questions and not enough of them are being answered at the moment. All we know is that another Friday Night Lights movie in the works, and the talented men behind the original movie and show will turn whichever actors and stories into another sports movie for the ages.
Watch the full interview with MTV below…