At the Television Critics Association press tour yesterday, producer Peter Berg confirmed that a spin off film picking up from the show’s recently concluded fifth season is in the works. Although a critical success but never a ratings powerhouse, Friday Night Lights was a television adaption of the 2004 film about a small Texas town and its support of the local high school football team. The film was in turn adapted from the book Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream by H. G. Bissinger.
Perg stated that a script is currently being written and “We’re very serious about trying to do it.”
Well, at least having a script being written puts this project one step ahead of the proposed Entourage film.
The film will reportedly feature most, if not all, of the series’s main cast lead by Emmy nominees Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton.
The question remains will Universal give the script a greenlight? The show famously clung onto its existence despite less-than-stellar ratings, so there is the practical question of a potential audience being big enough to justify making the film. Universal took this gamble before on the Firefly film Serenity, and despite positive reviews and a small but loyal fanbase, the film did not do well at the box office. Will the studio be once bitten, twice shy?