Movie director Peter Berg wrote a pilot script and may direct a tv show based on the movie "Friday Night Lights" but set in present times. Link:
... while NBC is looking ahead to next season's return of the NFL to the network with a pilot order for a drama based on the feature "Friday Night Lights."
The 2004 film "Friday Night Lights," from Imagine Entertainment and NBC's corporate sibling Universal Pictures, starred Billy Bob Thornton as a straight-arrow coach who leads his small-town Texas high school football team to the 1988 state semifinals. The "Lights" pilot is set in the present.
The feature's director and co-writer, Peter Berg, penned the pilot script and is executive producing the NBC project with Sarah Aubrey and John Cameron, his partners at the Universal-based company Film 44, and Imagine's Brian Grazer. Berg also is on board to direct.
Imagine's TV arm, Imagine Television, is producing the pilot with NBC Universal Television Studio.
Thanks to PEGJOVI for the heads-up.
Updated 1/23/06; 6:37 pm.
Terry left a comment at one of the earlier entries about the movie Friday Night Lights. (Link). And he gave us a headsup about the casting call in Austin for football players for the tv series. But there's a short fuse, they take place 1/24 and 1/25/06.
KXAN.com has the lowdown.
The network is working on a pilot called Friday Night Lights, based on the 2004 movie and the book by the same name.
Auditions will be held Tuesday and Wednesday at Austin Studios on East 51st Street, starting at 9 a.m.
For directions and times, you can call 512-538-0197.