Executive producer Peter Berg put the rumors to rest for good after more than a year of back-and-forth news on Monday (Dec. 9). “There’s not gonna be a movie,” Berg tells Collider. “We talked about it, some people thought it was a good idea, some didn’t; I’ve come to believe it’s probably not a good idea and I seriously doubt it’s gonna happen.”
“Friday Night Lights” star Taylor Kitsch also put the cult TV favorite back in the headlines on Monday when he adamantly refused to take part in the movie should it ever be made (which it looks like it won’t). “I’ll just say no. [Slams fist on table.] No, period,” Kitsch tells Vulture. “I’m not doing it. I’m never gonna be in that movie. There was already a movie! And the show ended f***in’ spot-on. We’re good.”
Kitsch is referring to the 2004 feature film starring Billy Bob Thornton and directed by Berg, which was based on the 1990 book by Berg’s cousin H.G. Bissinger. That movie then turned into NBC and DirecTV’s critically praised but low-rated series starring Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler.
While we appreciate an official ruling on the long-talked-about project, we’re more than a little fed up at all the reemergence of the idea. There’s been talk about a follow-up movie ever since both Berg and showrunner Jason Katims sparked rumors about it, but the constant yes/no news has been giving us whiplash. And no matter who says what about the possible film, our feelings haven’t wavered: Don’t do it.
The series ended with one of the rare endings on TV these days, with every loose end tied up and leaving viewers with (not so) clear eyes (admit it, you were crying happy tears) and full hearts. Re-opening the story of “Friday Night Lights” for a follow-up movie will ruin that special feeling we got as we watched the final moments of the series. It ended perfectly. There’s nothing more to explore. Leave it alone. Please.
Chandler, who won an Emmy for his role as Coach Eric Taylor, put it perfectly a year ago when talking about the potential follow-up movie. “My general attitude about ‘Friday Night Lights’ is that it was a great movie with Billy Bob Thornton. And it was a great TV show,” Chandler told MTV News. “I never had more fun doing anything. … They ended it at exactly the right time and in exactly the right way.”
Are you happy that we might finally see the end of all this “Friday Night Lights” movie talk? Or are you bummed that the movie is finally, officially dead?