This is an odd one. The brilliant 2004 movie, Friday Night Lights, never set the box office alight — it earned a modest $61 million — but its stature has grown over the years and it’s certainly had notable ramifications.
For one, it advanced the directing career of Peter Berg, who went on to make films like 2007’s underrated The Kingdom, 2016’s Deepwater Horizon and last year’s Boston Marathon bombing drama Patriots Day. But perhaps more significantly, it also inspired the equally excellent NBC-TV series of the same name, which ran for five seasons and earned actor Kyle Chandler an Emmy.
Now, however, Universal is going to “reimagine” the property, which was originally based on H.G. Bissinger’s 1990 book. But rather than a sequel to the Berg film or a big-screen continuation of the TV series, the studio has decided to press ahead with something of a reboot, featuring new characters and a different setting.
It’s also possibly recruited a director: David Gordon Green, who’s made films as varied as Stronger
(strangely enough, also a Boston Marathon-based story), George Washington
, Your Highness
and the upcoming Halloween reboot
, is now reported to be in talks for the job. Robert Schenkkan (Hacksaw Ridge
) has written the script. There’s no word yet on a cast or how soon Universal would want to press ahead with the project.