I'd walk by a sports bar and roll my eyes. I'd scoff when people would choose to attend a game instead of doing something reallike go to the movies. Growing up just outside San Antonio, Texas, I managed to attend my fair share of Spurs basketball games, but the bug never bit me. When Tim Duncan and his team were at the height of their powers, I was busy watching movies and re-reading my tattered copy of Roger Ebert's 'The Great Movies' and explaining to everyone I knew how superior my taste was (I was a huge, awful jerk).
Little did I know that the the media I embraced would be the thing that would turn me around on the entire issue of sports. Like something out of a science fiction movie, movies would inject me while I wasn't looking, transforming me into a sports fan.
Clear eyes and full hearts don't seem to have done 'Friday Night Lights' fans any good after all, as following endless speculation of a big-screen return for the high school football drama, executive producer Peter Berg has officially given up on a 'Friday Night Lights' movie.
We’ve all heard the casual moans of fan communities that Hollywood never comes up with anything original anymore, settling into the familiar patterns of sequels, remakes, and adaptations of familiar properties to cash in on brand recognition. And while remakes have become subtly accepted as a chance for a new take on dormant properties, the recent ‘RoboCop’ trailer reminded us just how much passions can strain in the dissection of beloved classics.
Though no Hollywood Kickstarter effort has been all that well-received since 'Veronica Mars' controversially utilized the service to launch its long-awaited film, it seems the 'Friday Night Lights' movie may finally happen thanks to the crowd-sourcing website. Producer Brian Grazer insists the movie adaptation of Peter Berg's NBC/DirecTV series -- itself adapted from the original movie adaptation of the same name -- remains in development, with crowd-sourcing as its likely next step.
Few TV series ever end, whether cancellation or their own accord, without invariable talk of a movie wrapping up the story for good. Perhaps one series that has always endured such scrutiny and passion is that of NBC's 'Friday Night Lights,' which itself was first brought before screens as a movie before being re-imagined as the beloved TV series. Rumors of scripts and cast involvement have been on the field forever, but at least one major 'Friday Night Lights' star is throwing a serious flag on the play.
From gods of the stadium, to the gods of 'Olympus,' Peter Berg sure is keeping busy these days. A 'Friday Night Lights' movie still languishes in development hell, but Berg's next project might be a reel doozy if taken to series. We've just learned that Berg has set his sights on developing 'Olympus,' a Greek god drama with a modern twist, complimenting a FOX development slate that includes yet another godly drama as well, so what seems so electrifying about 'Olympus'?
Clear eyes and full hearts may not be able to lose, but it sounds like 'Friday Night Lights' fans are going to have to keep their Panthers jerseys hung up a bit longer, as instead of the long-awaited movie, series show-runner Jason Katims is headed back to TV with another book/movie combination in mind. The acclaimed director will next take 2002 Hugh Grant vehicle 'About A Boy' to an NBC series, but will the premise be sustainable as a long-running show?
Boy, that Jason Katims just can't get enough of 'Friday Night Lights.' And who could blame him? absent a 'Friday Night Lights' movie to direct, the former 'FNL' and current 'Parenthood' show-runner is about to add his sixth alum to the on-the-bubble parenting drama for a major recurring season 4 role, but as whom? Will he have clear eyes, and a full heart? Can he lose?
"Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose" still might provide an endless source of inspiration for fans of 'Friday Night Lights,' but ever since the series ended and talk of a movie has kicked around the way most TV shows always do, it's been hard to keep the faith. So according to the show's creator and stars, what's the spread on whether or not it really happens?
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