After a lot of chatter earlier this year about a “Friday Night Lights” movie that would revisit the lives of TV’s most beloved married couple, Eric and Tami Taylor, the noise has quieted down. And given what Kyle Chandler has to say about the project in a new interview with MTV News, it seems the noise may cease altogether.
When asked about his attitude toward revisiting the world he inhabited for six seasons on the NBC drama, Chandler tells MTV correspondent Josh Horowitz that he has not seen a script for the proposed movie nor has he discussed it with screenwriter/former showrunner Jason Katims.
“My general attitude about ‘Friday Night Lights’ is that it was a great movie with Billy Bob [Thornton],” he said, referring to the 2004 film that preceded the NBC drama. “And it was a great TV show.”
“They ended it at exactly the right time and in exactly the right way as well,” Chandler added, after explaining how much he enjoyed working on the show and admitting that he still watches it occasionally.
“So you don’t think there’s anything left on the table? You’re happy with where it was left?” Horowitz asked.
“I’m so happy,” Chandler, who won an Emmy for his work on the series, said. “I think they did a great job.”
As the Hollywood Reporter notes, Connie Britton had sounded enthusiastic about the possible film, as have Katims and series creator Peter Berg. “It’s always a long shot to get a movie made,” Berg told me in May. “But we are moving forward. And generally, when I apply myself to something, I come pretty close to getting it done. I fully intend to apply myself to this.”
But if the man who played Coach Eric Taylor isn’t onboard, Berg’s determination may not be able to get it done.
Chandler is busy right now with an acting career that doesn’t dovetail with life in Dillon, Tex. He can be seen in Ben Affleck’s “Argo” and also has a significant supporting role in another potential Oscar contender, Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty.” He’s currently filming “The Wolf of Wall Street,” a Martin Scorsese film that stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey and Jonah Hill. Perhaps at least right now, he feels like he needs to take advantage of other opportunities that don’t involve the phrase “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.”
But because “Friday Night Light” fans know better than to give up on important dreams (like trying to win state), I must point out that Chandler didn’t say he would never consider doing a “Friday Night Lights” movie. He didn’t sound particularly interested in revisiting that territory, but he didn’t definitively say “no way.”
Which means there is still hope. And it’s hope that got us all out of that Tyra/Landry situation and allowed us to meet Luke Cafferty. Don’t give up yet, rally girls!
Now here’s the interview between Chandler and Horowitz, which, let’s be honest, will probably make you think it’s time to give up.style="background-color:#000000;width:454px;">