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Posted at 04:53 PM ET, 02/15/2012

The ‘Friday Night Lights’ movie is almost written


Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler): The key figure in the “Friday Night Lights” movie that still may or may not happen. (Bill Records - AP)

Six months after “Friday Night Lights” executive producer Peter Berg confirmed plans to make a film adaptation of the NBC series, a screenplay is almost complete.

Berg told MTV News at a recent Toy Fair preview for his action flick “Battleship” that Jason Katims — showrunner for the Dillon, Tex., drama — is “about done” with the script.

The plot is apparently based on Texas Tech Coach Mike Leach, who was fired for allegedly mistreating a player suffering from a concussion. The next step, apparently, is getting Kyle Chandler, aka Coach Taylor, and Connie Britton, aka Mrs. Coach, to commit to the project.

“It would be critical that we get Kyle and Connie [onboard for the film] — we anchored the show around them — and then bring in Riggins, Tyra, Lyla and all other characters as we could get them,” Berg told MTV. “But the idea is to really revolve it around the coach.”

Before you head to Fandango to purchase your advance tickets to “Friday Night Lights: Eyes Still Clear, Hearts Still Full,” bear in mind that the actors still have not officially signed on, nor has a studio agreed to distribute the still-hypothetical movie.

That said, this is promising news and a sign that the “FNL” film is moving much faster toward fruition than the “Arrested Development” movie ever did.

Given that 72 percent of Celebritology readers voted in a previous poll that this movie should be made, we trust that you’re planning to celebrate by knocking back a few beers at Buddy’s Bar. After I pick up Grandma Saracen, I’ll meet you there.

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Categories:  Movies | Tags:  Friday Night Lights

 
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