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Clear eyes, full hearts, no second movie.
“There’s not gonna be a movie,” the producer-director told Collider while doing press for his upcoming movie Lone Survivor. “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.”
Based on the 1990 book by Berg’s cousin H.G. Bissinger and adapted into a feature film starring Billy Bob Thornton, the movie turned into NBC and DirecTV’s Connie Britton–Kyle Chandler drama. The low-rated but critically praised drama’s 76-episode run ended in 2011. (DirecTV stepped in to spare the series from cancellation, landing the series with a first-run window before they were broadcast on NBC.)
The news comes after both Berg and showrunner Jason Katims (Parenthood, About a Boy) fueled rumors of a proposed follow-up feature film inspired by the 2009 scandal surrounding then-Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach.
Chandler, who won an Emmy for his role as Coach Eric Taylor, said a year ago that he wasn’t interested in reprising his character for the potential movie. “My general attitude about Friday Night Lights is that it was a great movie with Billy Bob Thornton. And it was a great TV show,” he said at the time. “I never had more fun doing anything. … They ended it at exactly the right time and in exactly the right way.”
“Before any serous conversations go on, we want to make sure that we have a great story,” he said.
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