Rumors of a Friday Night Lights reunion had the internet in a frenzy on Sunday (February 16) as reports claimed that NBC confirmed a revival of the popular sitcom for 2021.
UPDATE 17/02/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Can you believe it's been 13 years since Friday Night Lights first aired?! (13 years, 4 months, 14 days to be exact.)
Why in the world did Friday Night Lights end?
When Friday Night Lights came to an end after 5 years in February 2011, million viewers tuned in to say goodbye to Julie Taylor (Aimee Teegarden), Tami Taylor (Connie Britton) and Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler). And since then, they have been itching for a reunion.
Would a Friday Night Lights reunion disappoint people?
Friday Night Lights aired from 2006-2011 and is considered one of the most influential TV shows ever on pop culture. Although no original episodes have been shot since, it has remained a regular feature on many station's schedules. But Chandler said he's not sure if Friday Night Lights would work today. “I don't want to see old Eric Taylor,” he told a journalist (Chandler turned 54 in September). “Everyone’s going to have different vision of what the character is like, so to have that materialize is going to disappoint most people,” he added.
Still hoping for a Friday Night Lights movie?
In a recent interview, Taylor Kitsch (who played Tim Riggins) said he can't imagine a Friday Night Lights reunion hitting the big screen. “I'd rather people go, ‘Oh, please! Please!’ than ‘I can't believe you did that. It was horrible.’”
Co-star Zach Gilford (who played Matt Saracen) has also previously explained, “It would be terrible to do something and have it not be good,”. “It was so terrific ... If we did a Friday Night Lights movie and it sucked, then it would, you know, blemish it.”
On the subject of whether there could be a Friday Night Lights film, Kyle Chandler stated : “I think it's a bit of a case of ‘the book is better than the movie’.”
What about a Friday Night Lights reboot?
Recasting Friday Night Lights for a modern reboot. Hollywood is known for remaking remakes of films or tv series and the studios might think it would be great to bring the story back with a new set of characters.
Be it in the form of a Friday Night Lights reunion, a Friday Night Lights movie, or a Friday Night Lights reboot, if you had to start filming today, who would you cast in what role?
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