February 22, 2012
- Coach Eric Taylor, Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights, Jason Katims, Julie Garrity, Kyle Chandler, Mike Leach, Minka Kelly, MTV, NBC, Tami Taylor, Texas Tech, Tim Riggins
“We’re not done with Friday Night Lights,” executive producer Peter Berg told MTV News earlier this month. He explained that the script for a new Friday Night Lights film by FNL executive producer Jason Katims is nearly complete, and Berg (who will direct the film) indicated that one storyline would see Coach Eric Taylor (played by Kyle Chandler) mirror the headline-grabbing story of former Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach.
“[Katims] has come up with a really great storyline that parallels what happened to Mike Leach, one of my heroes, a coach at Texas Tech who was unjustly fired and unjustly accused of mistreating a player with a concussion, which was proven to not have been the case. He’s now at Washington State getting ready for what I think will be a great redemption story,” Berg told MTV. “It would be critical that we get Kyle (Chandler) and Connie (Britton) [onboard for the film] — we anchored the show around them — and then bring in Riggins, Tyra, Lyla and all other characters as we could get them. But the idea is to really revolve it around the coach.”
Leach appeared in a 2009 FNL episode “After the Fall,” in which he delivered a pep talk to Coach Taylor.
As fans eagerly await the FNL film, there are a number of wardrobe items from the series currently available at the Friday night Lights page at VIP Fan Auctions. Each item was worn on-screen – including a robe worn by Kyle Chandler, a sweater worn by Minka Kelly (who played Lyla Garrity), a shirt worn by Connie Britton (who played Tami Taylor). There is also plenty of Dillon Panthers gear available. Check out all of the FNL auctions by clicking here – and place your bid today!