Peter Berg Confirms FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS Film in the Works, Hopes to Start Production Next Year

     August 1, 2011


While NBC’s Friday Night Lights recently came to an end with its series finale airing last month, word quickly came that executive producer Peter Berg had the intention of continuing the series with a feature film. You may recall that the series itself began as a 2006 film (which Berg directed), but this new movie would feature the characters from the TV series. No one would confirm the film’s development at the time, but now Berg has stated that they’ve started work on a script and hope to shoot the film next year. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

Peter Berg imageOur own Christina Radish caught up with Berg at the TCA Press Tour where he confirmed that they’ve started work on the feature film:

“We’re writing a script. We’ve been meeting with [Friday Night Lights Executive Producer] Jason Katims for the last couple of weeks. We have a real good script idea. We want to do it. We’re very serious about doing it, and we intend to do it.”

Katims was the showrunner on the series and was responsible for overseeing basically every aspect of the show during its five-season run. Berg elaborated on what kind of story one could expect from the film and how soon they plan on going into production:

“The goal would be to focus the film around Kyle and Connie, and bring in some new characters, and then bring in some of our familiar faces. We have a really fresh, very original take on it and we’re very serious about wanting to do it. We’re writing the script right now. If all goes well, we would shoot it next year at some point.”

This is definitely exciting news for FNL fans. I still haven’t finished the series yet (I’m on season three), but having seen over 40 episodes I can concur that it’s one of the best, and most gut-wrenching, series to have graced the airwaves in the past decade, with some serious, serious heart to boot. The final season of the show has been nominated for a number of Emmys this year (including Best Drama Series, Best Actor and Best Actress), so expect to hear more come September.