Filmmaker David Gordon Green, best known Stronger; a harrowing tale about a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing, and Pineapple Express, a stoner flick that mocked Reefer Madness and made a lot of money doing it, is in negotiations to direct the reboot if the 2004 film Friday Night Lights.
The original Billy Bob Thornton vehicle is about a high school football team in Odessa, Texas that, after suffering a damming personnel loss due to injury, goes on to find success once more. The film did well in its own right, earning $61 million at the box-office. While that doesn’t sound like the most money in an era where a film can hit $1 billion in about a week and a half, $62 million was more than double the films budget, and when a movie does that it might as well be Gone With the Wind. Despite the movie doing well enough, Friday Night Lights is actually beloved because of the television series that ran from 2006 to 2011.
Even though the show ended up switching networks and was in danger of cancellation more than a few times, it managed to squeeze out a 2007 Emmy win for Outstanding Casting in an Original Drama. The show also notably popularized the intensity of high school football in Texas, where Green is actually from, while also acting as a huge springboard for the adult careers of several famous actors like Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther and Fruitvale Station) and Jesse Plemons (Black Mirror and Bridge of Spies).
Now that the franchise is making its way back to the big screen, sources told Variety that the new film wouldn’t be a sequel to the 2004 film or involve the events of the show, beyond being set at a Texas high school where football is life. The new film will instead focus on a new group of football players as they grind to win an elusive state championship while also dealing with the stress of living in a community.
Green, the director or all the people still involved with the film, is still in final negotiations, and those could always fall through if everything doesn’t work out right. Moreover, there hasn’t been even a whiff of a release date or any casting announcements linked to the film. All anyone truly knows is that Universal is making it, there will be lots of Texas, lots of football, and if the previous installments in the franchise are any indication, probably some tears too.