With a Friday Night Lights film being worked on somewhere in the depths of Hollywood, it’s not exactly a high priority project as of right now. Still in early development, a few updates on a big-screen continuation of the Emmy award winning television series have come out since the project’s reveal late last year. Since then, not too much has been revealed since Peter Berg’s focus has shifted toward his release of Battleship. Now, he and actress Connie Britton have spoken in a joint interview, and the news looks good for fans of Coach and Tami Taylor.
In an interview with Details, both Britton and co-creator Berg spoke about the movie, and how much of a development is coming along. ”I am so on board. Pete, let’s make the movie the same way we did the pilot,” Britton says in the the interview.
When discussing the big screen feature, Britton said “I had a meeting at [head writer of Friday Night Lights] Jason Katims’ office. And we were talking about something else and I said, ‘Forget about all that. Is this movie going to happen?’ I was sitting on his couch, and he’s like, ‘Look behind you.’ And I look behind me and it’s a wall with a big, huge corkboard on it with all these 3×5 cards. That’s what these writers do, they do the whole story on 3×5 cards. He’s like, ‘That’s the movie.’”
So, while a story is in development right now, Britton says it’s in the very early stages, as Katims didn’t want the actress to see the story until they’re working on a script. She also remarked about getting lead actor Kyle Chandler on board, to which Berg replied “We’ve got him.” While it’s implied that no conversations have taken place, Berg does remain very confident that Chandler is on board as well.
There’s still the uncertainty in whether or not Britton’s new ABC pilot Nashville is picked up for a first season. The television series would likely complicate things for the actress, should a feature film begin to move forward. That decision will be made by the network in just two short weeks.
Now, just because a film is being worked on, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s guaranteed a shot at the big screen just yet. With NBC still involved, the film will likely be set up at the same place Berg’s Battleship was set up: Universal Pictures. From there, the task still remains in whether or not the studio likes the script, and if they’d be willing to bring the film to theaters. However, with a story already in the works, and the two major cast members already swearing their loyalty, it only looks like it could be a matter of time.
When asked if the rumors were true that the story would be inspired by former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach’s accusations of locking a kid in a closet, Berg expressed a deep devotion for the tale but doesn’t confirm nor deny. He calls Leach’s tale a great comeback story, and remarks about the father and son involved in accusing Leach, hinting this could be some part of the film, but it’s only insinuated. Berg had stated earlier this year the story would in fact be based off of the true tale, but the plot could have easily changed in the months following.
Friday Night Lights ended its five year run early last year, and talks about a film have been rumbling ever since. In February, Berg mentioned Katims was almost done with the story, but it seems no true progress has moved on since. With Chandler and Britton seemingly in, the co-creator also expressed interest in bringing back past stars Taylor Kitsch, Adrianne Palicki, Minka Kelly, and more. No one else has vocally expressed interest in a feature film yet, but Kitsch has said mixed comments about returning as Riggins. At least the Taylors may pave the way for a big-screen return.
Berg’s next directorial effort Battleship, starring FNL alumni Kitsch and Jesse Plemons, hits theaters on May 18th.