Friday Night Lights fans were hoping for a movie since the show’s cancellation but, unfortunately, they aren’t going to get it. After years of speculation that the series may be turned into a flick, executive producer Peter Berg has finally spoken out, shooting down fans’ dreams of the possibility.
“There’s not gonna be a movie,” Berg revealed to Collider on Monday. “We talked about it, some people thought it was a good idea, some didn’t; I’ve come to believe it’s probably not a good idea and I seriously doubt it’s gonna happen.”
Inspired by the 1990 book, Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream, and the 2004 film based on it, the TV series debuted on NBC in October 2006 to decent ratings. Unfortunately, the ratings continuously dropped until the show’s fifth and final season.
The first two seasons of the show averaged roughly six million viewers each. During season three, the show captured an average of 4.6 million viewers. Then, in season four, it was down to 3.8 million, and to 3.6 million in season 5.
Although the ratings were never stellar, the series was considered a “critical success,” receiving awards including a Peabody Award, Humanitas Prize, Television Critics Association Award, as well as several Emmy nominations, and months after the series wrapped, Berg confirmed that a movie sequel to the TV show was on track and that the script was being written. At the time, he told press, “We’re very serious about trying to do it.” From there, fans were pumped, expecting to see the series come to the big screen in the next couple of years.
Two years later, in May of 2013, Brian Grazer informed Deadline that he and Berg were still working on the project. “We made a terrific feature with Pete Berg, turned it into a terrific TV series and will now make a movie from that series,” Grazer said of the flick. “I’m not sure such a thing has been done before.”
By all accounts, the Friday Night Lights movie seemed to be a sure thing, but at some point, things went awry and at this point, it’s hard to tell what. However, it could have been cast-related. After all, not all members of the cast were on board with the project.
Although Connie Britton, who played Tami Taylor on the show, was on board with reprising her role, her on-screen husband, Kyle Chandler (Eric Taylor), was on the fence, as was another key member of the cast..
“When they asked the question at the [Austin Television Festival] panel I kind of looked over at Kyle, because I feel like he and I are sort of on different sides of the fence with the movie idea,” Britton revealed to E! News of June of this year. “I think it’s gonna be up to more than just us, actually. But we’ll see. It’ll be fun, I think.”
Earlier this month, Taylor Kitsch, aka Tim Riggins, also weighed in, telling Vulture Magazine he would never consider being a part of a Friday Night Lights movie. “I’ll just say no. No, period. I’m not doing it. I’m never gonna be in that movie,” he said. “There was already a movie! And the show ended f**kin’ spot-on. We’re good.”
Either way, with Berg confirming that the series will not be turned into a movie, this idea is as good as dead, especially without it’s stars.
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