Friday Night Lights

Ever since Veronica Mars paved the way for crowd-funded TV to movie revivals, it seems like every actor, writer, or director ever associated with a beloved but cancelled series has been fielding questions about Kickstarter. Some have squashed the idea right off the bat, but others have been a bit more open to the concept. (And The Onion has poked fun at all of it.)

According to actress Adrianne Palicki, Friday Night Lights could very well turn to Kickstarter to pay for the long-rumored movie sequel. Meanwhile, Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller is definitely intrigued by crowdfunding — but acknowledges that his show would require quite a bit more than the $2 million goal originally set by Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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By now, it’s become a familiar pattern: A brilliant series gets cancelled, movie sequel rumors begin to circulate, and for the next several years the actors, filmmakers, writers, and producers involved with the show drop encouraging but vague soundbites about the project. Eventually, public interest usually just peters out. In rare cases, something actually gets made.

Friday Night Lights is currently in the “vague soundbites” phase, and for the past year and a half we’ve been hearing from show creator Peter Berg and others that the movie was in the works. But star Kyle Chandler, apparently has no interest in teasing a potential return. In fact, he doesn’t think the movie is even such a hot idea. Read his comments after the jump.

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Sleazy lawyers, nefarious CIA Cold War plots, and Scandinavian crime thrillers fill up today’s TV Bits. After the jump:

  • Run Lola Run and Bourne star Franka Potente goes nuts for American Horror Story
  • AMC is working on a Cold War-era Area 51 drama with Walking Dead producer Gale Ann Hurd
  • A&E will adapt the Danish crime drama Those Who Kill; Joe Carnahan will direct
  • Connie Britton gives a small update on that possible Friday Night Lights movie sequel
  • Vince Gilligan is making no promises about a Saul Goodman spinoff, wants to do a Western

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This may or may not be good news, depending on whether or not you think the Friday Night Lights television series finale was the best possible end to the show’s story. Just as the finale was about to air, we heard that the show could find new life on the big screen, and a short time later producer Peter Berg confirmed the development of a film featuring the series’ characters.

During a recent event for Battleship, the film he directed for a summer release this year, Berg gave a fairly substantial status update on the FNL film project. The script is coming together, he says, and one plotline will be based in part on former Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach. Read More »

A couple weeks back, just as the show Friday Night Lights was ending its five-season run, word filtered down that producer Peter Berg is quietly developing a new Friday Night Lights film to spin off from the TV show. That would make quite a lineage: a film spun off from a TV show loosely based on a movie that was based on a book. We didn’t have much info on this theoretical new film beyond this statement: “Peter Berg told us he wants to do an FNL movie with Chandler/Britton off the final episode.” Now we’ve got a statement from the producer himself confirming that a new FNL film is moving forward. Read More »

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The series finale of Friday Night Lights airs on NBC tonight and as fans of the stunning drama mourn the end of their show, there’s now a chance it might live on at the movies. Multiple reports say show executive producer Peter Berg, who directed the original film version of the property, is interested in making a film that continues the story of Eric and Tammy Taylor, played by back to back Emmy nominees Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton. Read more after the break. Read More »

Stephen King’s Top 10 TV Shows of 2010

I don’t always agree with best-selling author Stephen King‘s opinions, but I still love reading his thoughts about the film and television world. Last month, King has published his annual listing of the top 10 films of the year , and this week he has weighed in on the best tv of 2010 in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly.

Which tv shows did he choose for his best of 2010 list? Friday Night Lights, The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad and… SpongeBob SquarePants? Hit the jump to see the full list in brief.

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The Last AirbenderThis week, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley celebrate the selection of Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man, reflect on the brilliance of Louis CK, and delve into the mysteries of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Special guest Dan Trachtenberg joins us from the Totally Rad Show.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us next week on Sunday night at Slashfilm’s live page as we review Predators.

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In this week’s /Filmcast, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley discuss the pitfalls and opportunities of corporate sponsorship, speculate on some plot possibilities for Kill Bill 3, and Devindra and Jeff try and fail to Curb Their Enthusiasm for Friday Night Lights. Jeff Cannata is our special guest this evening, joining us from the Totally Rad Show.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us next Monday at 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST at Slashfilm’s live page as we review Mike Doughterty’s Trick ‘R Treat, now available on Blu-Ray and DVD.

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In this episode of the /Filmcast, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley discuss their thoughts on this year’s deeply unsatisfying Oscar nominations, reflect on the intellectual bankruptcy of a Tom and Jerry movie, and vehemently debate the merits of Alan Ball’s Towelhead. We’re joined by special guest and /Filmcast favorite, actor Stephen Tobolowsky promoting the new Blu-Ray release of Groundhog Day.

Join us next week on Monday 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST as we review Taken with Liam Neeson. As always, feel free to e-mail us at slashfilmcast[AT]gmail.com or call us at (781) 583-1993.

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