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Is 'Friday Night Lights' Heading to the Big Screen Again?

Date July 15, 2011
Friday Night Lights Get ready to talk about a new 'Friday Night Lights' movie ... for the next few years. Yes, another critically-acclaimed TV show that was never a ratings smash hit maybecome a film.

Peter Berg, executive producer of the TV series and original director of the 'Friday Night Lights' film starring Billy Bob Thornton, reportedly wants to continue the...

Friday Night Lights Get ready to talk about a new 'Friday Night Lights' movie ... for the next few years. Yes, another critically-acclaimed TV show that was never a ratings smash hit maybecome a film.

Peter Berg, executive producer of the TV series and original director of the 'Friday Night Lights' film starring Billy Bob Thornton, reportedly wants to continue the 'FNL' story with Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler on the big screen.

Bill Simmons, editor-in-chief of Grantland.com (home to an exceptional 'FNL' oral history piece), tweeted this: "Peter Berg told us he wants to do an 'FNL' movie with Chandler/Britton off the final episode."

TVLine reports Berg is working behind the scenes to get the film made, but Universal Pictures told the site, "We do not currently have a 'FNL' project in development."

The original 'FNL' film came out in 2004 and grossed over $61 million. The TV series debuted in 2006 and struggled to find an audience. One of its highest-rated episodes was seen by more than 8 million viewers, according to Nielsen. The series recently picked up a handful of Emmy nominations, one for Best Drama and one each for series stars Britton and Chandler.

Transitioning -- rather, attempting to transition -- cult-hit series to the big screen is nothing new. Mitch Hurwitz and the cast of 'Arrested Development' have been talking to the press about a film version of the series for five years.

Rob Thomas, creator of 'Veronica Mars,' has been trying to get a 'Mars' flick off the ground since the finale. Thomas is also hoping to get his other cult-hit series, 'Party Down,' made into a movie.

Joss Whedon's 'Firefly' series, which only lasted one season, was made into the feature film 'Serenity.' The show was seen by an average of 4.48 million viewers -- not a ratings hit by a long shot -- and its box office total was nothing to write home about either. Two years after cancellation, the movie only grossed about $25 million domestically.

Tell us: Would you go see a new 'Friday Night Lights' movie?

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