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Is 'Friday Night Lights' Heading to the Big Screen Again?

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 15th 2011 5:20PM
Friday Night LightsGet ready to talk about a new 'Friday Night Lights' movie ... for the next few years. Yes, another critically-acclaimed TV show that was never a ratings smash hit may become a film.

Peter Berg, executive producer of the TV series and original director of the 'Friday Night Lights' film starring Billy Bob Thornton, reportedly wants to continue the 'FNL' story with Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler on the big screen.

Bill Simmons, editor-in-chief of Grantland.com (home to an exceptional 'FNL' oral history piece), tweeted this: "Peter Berg told us he wants to do an 'FNL' movie with Chandler/Britton off the final episode."

TVLine reports Berg is working behind the scenes to get the film made, but Universal Pictures told the site, "We do not currently have a 'FNL' project in development."

The original 'FNL' film came out in 2004 and grossed over $61 million. The TV series debuted in 2006 and struggled to find an audience. One of its highest-rated episodes was seen by more than 8 million viewers, according to Nielsen. The series recently picked up a handful of Emmy nominations, one for Best Drama and one each for series stars Britton and Chandler.

Transitioning -- rather, attempting to transition -- cult-hit series to the big screen is nothing new. Mitch Hurwitz and the cast of 'Arrested Development' have been talking to the press about a film version of the series for five years.

Rob Thomas, creator of 'Veronica Mars,' has been trying to get a 'Mars' flick off the ground since the finale. Thomas is also hoping to get his other cult-hit series, 'Party Down,' made into a movie.

Joss Whedon's 'Firefly' series, which only lasted one season, was made into the feature film 'Serenity.' The show was seen by an average of 4.48 million viewers -- not a ratings hit by a long shot -- and its box office total was nothing to write home about either. Two years after cancellation, the movie only grossed about $25 million domestically.

Tell us: Would you go see a new 'Friday Night Lights' movie?

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mbdencklad

I love Friday Night Lights and would definitely go see a movie spun off from the seriew. Also I am sick that TNT cancelled Men of a Certain Age, one of the finest series I have seen in years.

July 18 2011 at 9:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Vikki

do it, do it ,do them all. absolute quality shows and enjoyable, addictive. I am praying for their success.

July 18 2011 at 7:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Beverly

never have written in on any comment but this show was favorite drama ever and Iam 70 years old . loved the cast and the writing every week so sorry taken off the air

July 18 2011 at 5:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Laura

Yes, by all means. FNL was one of the best dramas ever shown on TV, and it would be great to see those characters brought to life again on the big screen.

July 18 2011 at 3:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mthomas1011

Loved the show, hate to see it end.
Would definetly like to see the series continue and would absolutely go to the movie.

July 18 2011 at 3:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ljmaranto

I would definitely go see a Friday Night Lights movie.

July 18 2011 at 3:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
brwnnmw1

The Lions did WIN the State Championship! Thanks to our DVR we were able to rewind the show at the end to see them removing the Dillion H.S. scoreboard which showed the banner as they were taking it down that said, STATE CHAMPIONS 2011. We like the show, except the segments of the Coaches daughter and the goofy slow talking boyfriend . Their characters made the show slow & boring every week, just plain awful. The rest of the show Great!

July 18 2011 at 2:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Melissa

@ robquigley1 They caught theball and won, all the "Super team" Players and Billy had a ring on in the final shots!

July 18 2011 at 2:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
CHERLAYN

love the show love the cast would love to see a movie, but I wish they had gone out as state champs!

July 18 2011 at 2:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
LotusBlossom

Love love love FNL. Would love a movie. I'm just not ready to let them all go.

July 18 2011 at 2:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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