For a show that struggled to find an audience from the word “go,” “Friday Night Lights” has somehow managed to find a place in TV history as one of the best-ever dramas. Director Peter Berg, the show’s creator, and those who discovered the series, which starred Kyle Chandler as one helluva high school football coach, have clamored for a feature-film continuation since the series ended last year.
Though it’s been known that executive producer Jason Katim was working on a script for a film treatment, Chandler told MTV News’ Josh Horowitz while promoting his new film “Zero Dark Thirty” that he hasn’t read a script or heard of any progress on a movie.
Chandler wouldn’t directly express his opinions on whether a movie should happen, opting instead to share his enthusiasm about the show and how it ended. “It was a great show. I still enjoy watching the show again, because it was so creative, the process, but they ended it at exactly the right time, in exactly the right way as well,” he said.
When asked whether he thought there was material on the table or if he was happy with how it ended, he appeared to choose the latter. “I’m so happy. I think they did a great job,” Chandler said. “It was saved in the middle by that twist, and they got those last two seasons out. It’s something I think you can go back to years later and not get bored at the end.”
Even if a movie never materializes, the legacy of “FNL” continues with the actors who loved working on the show, something Chandler credits Berg with giving them. “All of the actors on that show, when you see them go to other places, I have no doubt that they’re taking that experience with them,” he said. “I think as a whole … it’s our challenge to take this where we go. Really incredible.”
The legacy of “Friday Night Lights” also lives on in the form of the Coach Eric Taylor’s trademark speech-closer “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose,” which — much to the chagrin of Berg — was co-opted by Mitt Romney during the presidential campaign. “I saw that,” Chandler said. “Pete sent me a letter, saying, ‘What the hell is this? They’re stealing my line.’ There were a few letters written.”
But Chandler and his onscreen wife, “Nashville” star Connie Britton, hang out all the time, right? Unfortunately, they just missed an opportunity. “She was here yesterday,” Chandler said. “She was doing press for ['Nashville']. She was working with her charity last night, and I couldn’t get over to see her. She was right down the street, and I couldn’t go see her.”