The stories of all of the residents of Dillon, Texas were neatly wrapped up at the end of “Friday Night Lights”’ 5-season run in 2011. Since then, the show has found countless new fans through streaming. First it was Netflix; now the show is available in its entirely on Amazon Prime.
But now, a new “Friday Night Lights” film is in the works, from director David Gordon Green.
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The announcement was made Wednesday in Variety, which reported that the “Halloween” and “Stronger” director was in final negotiations to direct a “re-imagining” of the show. Given that the NBC TV series “Friday Night Lights” was itself a re-imagining of a 2004 film of the same name, starring Billy Bob Thornton and directed by the show’s executive producer Peter Berg, this news isn’t really a shock.
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Variety reports that the new film will not be tied to the film or the TV show, but will be a completely new story, set in a town that is neither the very-real Odessa nor the very-fictitious Dillon. The logline on the film’s IMDb page describes it as “A look at the lives of young American football players in a small town in Texas. A remake of the 2004 film.”
It does not have a release date yet.
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This means no more Eric and Tami Taylor, no more Tim Riggins, no more Lyla Garrity. No more Matt Saracen or Smash Williams.
Green’s new “Friday Night Lights” film will still draw heavily from the source material, H.G. Bissinger’s 1990 book of the same name. The book chronicled the 1988 season of the Permian High School Panthers.
But while the show delved into some of the sociological aspects of the book that the film didn’t have time for, there’s still a lot of material to be mined for a new film. Maybe this film will go into the cheating scandal that plagued Dallas Carter after they beat Odessa in the 1988 state championship.
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And, for all the Austin fans out there: This is purely speculation, but the new film may still sound like “Friday Night Lights.” Green has used Austin post-rock band Explosions In the Sky on the soundtracks for two of his films, “Prince Avalanche” and “Manglehorn.” Going further down the rabbit hole: Berg used EITS for the “Friday Night Lights” soundtrack in 2004 and used their music as the basis for the music in the show. He also used the band to soundtrack his Navy SEAL film “Lone Survivor.”
(Another fun fact: Green’s “Stronger,” about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, came out soon after Berg’s “Patriots Day,” about the same event.)
No matter where this is set, though, Green’s got to include “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose,” right?
What do y’all think? Are you excited about this new addition to the ever-growing FNL Cinematic Universe? Or do you just want to be left alone to listen to “Your Hand In Mine” in peace? Sound off in the comments.
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