Taylor Kitsch Talks Returning for FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS Movie; Says “I Love the Way I Left it”

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Friday Night Lights is unquestionably one of the best television shows to grace the screen in at least the last decade, maybe even ever. The storytelling and character development was on a completely different level and the actors brought it every single week. Fans of the show are rightfully passionate, and so when news came that executive producer/director/creator Peter Berg was plotting a feature film that would continue the story of the characters after the series finale, interest was certainly piqued. Berg recently revealed that executive producer/showrunner Jason Katims is about done with the script and the story is said to revolve around Kyle Chandler’s Coach Taylor.

Steve recently sat down with Taylor Kitsch in anticipation of the upcoming sci-fi/adventure pic John Carter, and the actor gave his two-cents on what he thinks about the Friday Night Lights movie and how feels about reprising the character after such a phenomenal series finale. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

taylor-kitsch-friday-night-lights-movieWhen asked how he feels about continuing the story of Tim Riggins in a Friday Night Lights feature film, Kitsch appears to have mixed feelings:

“I mean I love the way I left it, and Pete knows that. We’re arguably best friends so there’s no filter with Berg and I. I haven’t read the script. I trust him immensely, obviously doing Battleship with him as well. If the script is really great and it’s this small cameo and he asks me to come in, I don’t know. I don’t know. I might say yes, I might just say, ‘Let’s keep Riggs in Dillon and hopefully you run into the guy at a beer story or something,’ let it work that way, of making [the viewers] work. That’s the beauty of FNL, we made you work as a viewer of where Riggs is, where’s Tyra, where that relationship’s going, Coach and all that.”

kyle-chandler-friday-night-lights-movieThe actor said that he’s aware the story will revolve around Coach Taylor, so he’s not sure if it’s worth it to pop up for just a small part:

“I know it’s more centered around the coach and his relationship, like the show was, so I’m guessing if I’m even in the script it would be quite minute. I don’t know if that’s worth it or not yet.”

It sounds like it all comes down to how the script turns out, but I wouldn’t blame Kitsch for wanting to leave the character the way he left him in the series finale. Katims and Berg crafted a beautiful end to a truly special series, and the apprehension of sullying or changing that is certainly understandable. That said, given how brilliant Katims and Berg ran the show for four years (season two has some redeemable qualities), I can’t imagine they’ll churn out a subpar script.

Furthermore, the production timetable of a Friday Night Lights movie may be quite a ways off. In his most recent update, Berg admitted that a great deal of difficultly comes with getting everyone back together. Kitsch, Chandler, Connie Britton, and Adrianne Palicki have very busy careers at the moment, and Katims is currently running NBC’s Parenthood and prepping for a new show with Jason Ritter, not to mention Berg’s directing slate. Hopefully we’ll know more once Katims finishes the script, but it might be awhile before everyone’s schedules line up. You can watch the portion of Steve’s interview with Kitsch concerning the Friday Night Lights movie below, and be sure to look out for the full interview later this week leading up to the release of John Carter on Friday.


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  • Gerberzy

    Not to be mean, but Friday Night Lights isn’t even close to being one the greatest show “perhaps ever.” Compare it to something like Breaking Bad, and it’s nothing IM(not so humbly)O. And PLEASE stop saying “pique my interest” or “my interest was piqued.” Oh, and thank you for not being Matt Goldberg, so you are good in my book.

    • Brett

      Actually, it is one of the greatest shows ever. And it isn’t even close.

    • George

      FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHT LIGHTS was the best TV show ever. They would be crazy not to make a movie based on the TV series.

  • zootcatchy

    one more friday night lights movie?
    i think the one released in 2004 was amazing (hedlund was absolutely great in it btw) and there’s no need in remaking it.

  • Sara

    I love friday night lights so much, I love the characters and i love the whole story. When it was time to say good bye to all our favourite characters (smash, lyla etc) i was so upset especially when one season they were pretty much all gone and we were left with a whole new cast. I got over it because you fall in love with the new characters, even though it wasnt the same it was still good. It was still good because the people of FNL want it to be. So i think this is going to be a great movie and i really hope they actually go through with it!

  • mhmod

    the best

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  • Bobby Seagle

    I think Kitsch not only owes it to the fans, but he owes it to the whole crew of Friday Night lights. He wouldn’t be where he is today making movies regardless if they were good or bad if it weren’t for Friday Night Lights. This show made Taylor Kitsch into what he is today. If the other actors can support a FNL movie then so can he. If he can’t, then he owes it to them to be part of the movie. It’s a shame his movie career is tanking. Personally he belongs on tv or in a supporting acting role. I think he’s aiming too big resulting in more misses than hits.

  • Bobby Seagle

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    I think Kitsch not only owes it to the fans, but he owes it to the whole crew of Friday Night lights. He wouldn’t be where he is today making movies regardless if they were good or bad if it weren’t for Friday Night Lights. This show made Taylor Kitsch into what he is today. If the other actors can support a FNL movie then so can he. If he can’t, then he owes it to them to be part of the movie. It’s a shame his movie career is tanking. Personally he belongs on tv or in a supporting acting role. I think he’s aiming too big resulting in more misses than hits. I can say this however..time is running out for Taylor Kitsch.

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