There's a New FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS Movie Coming From Director David Gordon Green
Universal Pictures is developing a new Friday Night Lights film based on the Buzz Bissinger book. This time they are looking to hire director David Gordon Green to helm the film. The director is best known for his films such as Pineapple Express, Joe, Stronger, and the upcoming Halloween sequel.
It's interesting that the studio is looking to remake the movie. Peter Berg was the director behind the fantastic 2004 film, which ended up spawning an amazingly well-made TV series that ran from 2006 to 2011. I thought for sure if there ever was another Friday Night Lights movie, it would be a continuation of that series. But it looks like that's not going to happen.
This will be a new reimagining of the story, and it's hard to think that it will be better than anything that was done before. I'd ask why the studio is wanting to do this, but we all know the answer to that question is money.
Friday Night Lights has a big fan base and if there's a new movie being made, you can bet that they are going to flock to watch it. Brian Grazer will be back to produce for Imagine Entertainment, as he did on the original film.
What do you think about Friday Night Lights getting remade by David Gordon Green?
Here's the description for the book:
Return once again to the enduring account of life in the Mojo lane, to the Permian Panthers of Odessa -- the winningest high school football team in Texas history. Odessa is not known to be a town big on dreams, but the Panthers help keep the hopes and dreams of this small, dusty town going. Socially and racially divided, its fragile economy follows the treacherous boom-bust path of the oil business.In bad times, the unemployment rate barrels out of control; in good times, its murder rate skyrockets. But every Friday night from September to December, when the Permian High School Panthers play football, this West Texas town becomes a place where dreams can come true. With frankness and compassion, Bissinger chronicles one of the Panthers' dramatic seasons and shows how single-minded devotion to the team shapes the community and inspires-and sometimes shatters-the teenagers who wear the Panthers' uniforms. Includes Reader's Group Guide inside. Now a major motion picture starring Billy Bob Thorton.