Wanna be in the movies?
"Friday Night Lights" was the title of a book by H.G. Bissinger about the 1988 season of the Odessa Permian Panthers football team. And Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have announced plans to make a movie about it. The director, Peter Berg, and other members of the production team were in Odessa recently for some atmosphere yet it appears the movie will be filmed in Austin. Plans seem to be progressing as Austin360.com has published a casting call:
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, a studio feature shooting in the Austin area starting in January 2004 is looking for football players between the ages of 18-28. Must have actual team experience. An OPEN CASTING CALL will be held on Thursday, December 4, 2003 from Noon - 8pm; Friday, December 5 from Noon - 8pm and Saturday, December 6 from 4pm - 8pm at the Omni Office Tower (701 Brazos Street) on the 8th floor. For more information, please call their Football Hotline at (512) 860-3599.
The Fort Worth Star Telegram has more:
Prospective players must be age 18 to 28 and minimally have high school and some collegiate football experience. Candidates must be willing to forfeit any remaining college eligibility.
Open auditions will be held at the Omni Austin Hotel Downtown (Eighth Street at San Jacinto, office tower, eighth floor) on Dec. 4, 5 and 6 (noon to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday) under the supervision of Hollywood veteran Allan Graf. Graf's 30-year career in motion pictures includes work as a second-unit director, stunt coordinator and football coordinator/choreographer on more than 100 feature films, including Jerry Maguire, The Replacements, Any Given Sunday, The Waterboy, The Program and Cheer Up, an Austin-based action-comedy "set in the cheerleading world of the University of Texas."
Players chosen during the open audition will be asked to return in January for a four-day tryout camp in Austin coordinated by Graf, who played offensive guard for coach John McKay's 1972 NCAA national championship team at the University of Southern California.
Those selected to join Graf's gridiron squad for the movie must then immediately commit to an eight- to 10-week rehearsal and shooting schedule.
[Note: To see all of the items at this weblog about the making of this movie click on the category "Friday Night Lights"].