Friday Night Lights
Your eyes may be clear and your hearts may be full, but it looks as though you'll have to wait a while longer for that rumored "Friday Night Lights" movie.
If the movie based on a television show based on a movie based on a book based on a true story is ever going to happen, it's not going to be right now.
"We can dream the dream," writer-director David Hudgins said at a show reunion during the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas, over the weekend. "There have been talks about making a movie of the series. The producers, Pete [Berg] and his partners, are very passionate about it. I don't think there's any plans for it to move forward right now, but never say never."
Of course, he's hoping for the best, adding, "It sure is fun to get back together with these people for me personally."
Not surprisingly, the cast members would love to be a part of such an onscreen reunion as well.
"All I know is that in order to continue what the show did, the brilliance of the show and everything, it would really have to be something special," Scott Porter (Jason Street) told Yahoo! TV at the festival's opening night. "If anybody can do it, I think Pete [Berg] and Jason Katims could. I wouldn't mind seeing Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler back together on the big screen."
"I'd love to be part of it — I think everybody would," Gaius Charles (Brian "Smash" Williams) told us. "I think it'd be kind of cool to peer in and see what the characters are up to, but, then again, you also have that thing where the expectation is so high, it's like, how do you even go forward?"
While Charles jokes that Smash would be playing in the NFL and already have a few rings today, Porter seems to question delving much deeper into Jason Street's future.
"I loved the ending that they gave Jason because, at the end of the day, he had so much to struggle through. His victory was never about sports. He failed at all of those things, ultimately. Even the wheelchair rugby stuff. When you thought he was going to succeed at something else, it fell apart, and then he realized there's a much bigger game at stake, and he won at life," Porter confessed. "I know that sounds corny, but Dillon can be a trap for some people, and it can be tough to leave, and that's a town full of unfulfilled potential, and Jason Street realized his. I think he's probably got another kid, he's probably successful, he's Smash's agent, he's making that coin too. I think it's just a happy ending for Jason after everything else."
Matt Lauria (Luke Cafferty) fears guessing whether or not his character makes it back from the war, and Lamarcus Tinker (who played Tinker) imagines he'd still be living in the small town of Dillon.
Louanne Stephens, on the other hand, has big dreams for Matt Saracen's beloved grandmother.
"I hope I'm not dead," she joked. "Grandma Saracen is just hoping for new medication."
What do you think — will we ever see an "FNL" movie? And do you agree with the actors' assessments for the future of their characters? Let us know in the comments.