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As is the case with almost any defunct television series these days, there is a sizable percentage of Friday Night Lights fans who want to see the NBC series revisited as a film.
Creator Peter Berg and showrunner Jason Katims have fueled the rumor with mentions of an in-progress script, a story inspired by the 2009 scandal surrounding football coach Mike Leach and an eager participant in star Connie Britton. The only missing piece (aside from financing) is star Kyle Chandler.
Unfortunately, he might be a hard sell. Speaking with MTV News while promoting his turn in Zero Dark Thirty, the actor behind Coach Taylor says that he hasn’t heard anything about a Friday Night Lights movie — nor is he interested.
“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. “I never had more fun doing anything. … They ended it at exactly the right time and in exactly the right way.”
Indeed, Friday Night Lights already has had a very long life. Originally based on the 1990 book by Berg’s cousin H.G. Bissinger and later adapted to a feature starring Thornton, Friday Night Lights the series was on the air for five seasons. A then-unheard-of partnership between NBC and DirecTV saved the low-rated drama from cancellation early in its 76-episode run.
Chandler, who told MTV he still watches the show, maintained a grateful tone in all of his talk of Friday Night Lights. He called Berg “one of the more giving people he’s met in his career” and brought up a frantic e-mail he’d gotten from his former boss when the Mitt Romney campaign co-opted Coach Taylor’s mantra: “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.”
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