It started as a movie. Peter Berg directed the 2004 film Friday Night Lights, which starred Billy Bob Thornton as the coach of a high school football team in Odessa, Texas and made $62 million on a $30 million budget. It earned positive reviews, although it failed to leave much of a lasting impression. Two years later, NBC debuted the TV series which ran for five seasons and had a much bigger impact, launching many of its actors to stardom including Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Taylor Kitsch, Michael B. Jordan, Adrianne Palicki and Jesse Plemons. Since then there has been talk about digging back into the property yet again, perhaps with a feature film continuation of the TV series. Now this week we are hearing that Friday Night Lights will get a fresh start on the big screen instead. Hit the jump for more details.
According to Variety, John Erick and Drew Dowdle have taken over the upcoming Friday Night Lights reboot for Universal Pictures. The duo will do a new rewrite of the script with John Erick directing and Drew executive producing. The Dowdle Brothers are best known for their horror output including The Poughkeepsie Tapes, Quarantine, Devil and As Above, So Below, but most recently they tackled another Texas true story with the Waco mini-series (which, coincidentally, starred Taylor Kitsch).
Somehow I missed the news that David Gordon Green was attached to direct the new Friday Night Lights movie just last year, but apparently he is now off the project. He did, however, write the most recent draft of the script with his friend Josh Parkinson (Eastbound & Down), who was himself a high school quarterback. Both grew up in Texas and this new movie is said to be based on another true story within that state. Are you game for another Friday Night Lights movie?