Connie Britton Says Friday Night Lights Movie Is Greenlit
It's been a bumpy road for Friday Night Lights, the TV drama centered around a football team in small Texas town. For years it's struggled to get the kind of respect many fans felt it deserved — which, after a switch from NBC to DirecTV and then a cancellation — seemed just not in the cards. Then, at the Emmy Awards last month, Kyle Chandler won for best actor in a drama, and it seemed like a fitting moment.
Now there might be an even larger silver lining peaking out of the dark clouds. It appears that a movie based on the show is getting the green light, at least according to former star of the show Connie Britton. "It's happening for realsies," Britton, 44 — who was nominated for an Emmy for her role as Tami Taylor on the show — told Us Weekly.
Executive producer Peter Berg announced in August that he had plans to bring the series back to the big screen (there was 2004 movie version, before the TV show, starring Billy Bob Thornton). Britton, who is currently shooting Ryan Murphy's American Horror Story for FX, said now that possibility is closer than ever to a reality. "Pete is totally fired up to do it and I know Jason Katims is talking about writing a script. I think it's really a matter of … getting everyone's busy schedules aligned and making it happen," she said. "It kind of feels like there's a lot of commitment to it."
Watch a clip from Friday Night Lights here: