Coach Taylor has hit the showers, guys, and no matter how many times we blow the whistle, he ain’t coming back. Collider.com broke the news today that the Friday Night Lights feature film won’t be hitting the big green — or the big screen — anytime soon.
“There’s not gonna be a movie,” executive producer Peter Berg tells the site, breaking all of our hearts in the process. “We talked about it, some people thought it was a good idea, some didn’t; I’ve come to believe it’s probably not a good idea and I seriously doubt it’s gonna happen.”
While normally we’d take a “probably not” and a little doubt, and try and keep a little hope alive anyway, if anyone can put a lid on the movie, it’s Peter Berg. He wrote and directed the 2004 film that spawned the five-season TV series of the same name, on which he was the executive producer.
Back in August, Connie Britton told Ladies’ Home Journal that she had a “script for a potential movie spin-off,” and that it was “just a matter of finding a time when everyone” could make the movie. Meaning, she and her hair were on board. But on-screen love Kyle Chandler wasn’t as gung ho about cleating up for the film.
Friday Night Lights: Where Are They Now?
During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live in October 2013, Connie said “I think it would be a great idea, but my former husband, Coach Eric Taylor…” Well, while she didn’t finish the sentence, host Andy Cohen did it for her. “He thinks you did it already,” the sassy TV personality said.
We’d be lying if we said this wasn’t as disappointing as the time the Panthers got all the way to the championships, only to lose in the final seconds. But to be fair, it seemed a little strange that people really wanted a Friday Night Lights movie made because of the TV show, considering the TV show came about because of a movie…
Kyle feels the same, it seems, since he told MTV News in 2012, “My general attitude about Friday Night Lights is, it was a great movie with Billy Bob and it was a great TV show. They ended it at exactly the right time and in exactly the right way, as well.” What Coach says, goes, but still, we never object to more of him and Mrs. Coach, on any size screen.
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