Just in case you forgot, thatFriday Night Lights reboot movie is still in the works, and it has a new creative team. John Erick and Drew Dowdle, known collectively as The Dowdle Brothers, have been tasked with making this potentially bad idea happen. Rather than follow-up the original Friday Night Lights movie, or connect to the popular TV series in any way, this new Friday Night Lights will tell a brand new story.
Variety has the new info on the Friday Night Lights reboot I bet you forgot about. The Dowdle Brothers, John Erick and Drew Dowdle, are now handling the project, with both doing a new polish on the script which was written by David Gordon Green and Josh Parkinson, and John Erick directing and Drew executive producing. Per Variety, “the movie is not a sequel to Universal’s 2004 film starring Billy Bob Thornton, nor is it based on NBC’s TV series with Kyle Chandler. Instead, it’s a new property, though still focused on H.G. Bissinger’s non-fiction book about the 1988 Permian High School Panthers as the new Texas football team makes a run toward the state championship.”
The Dowdle Brothers’ credits include the underseen found-footage horror flick The Poughkeepsie Tapes, the Rec remake Quarantine, and As Above, So Below another found-footage horror film. The fact that the duo have trafficked primarily in the horror genre is a bit interesting, since Friday Night Lights doesn’t fit in with that at all. Are we getting a Friday Night Lights horror movie? No, we’re not – hough I would gladly watch that. Call it Friday Nightmare on Elm Street Lights or something. Feel free to use that, Dowdle Brothers!
H.G. Bissinger’s book followed the Permian Panthers of Odessa – “the winningest high-school football team in Texas history.” The book was adapted into a 2004 film by Peter Berg, and while that movie wasn’t a smash hit, it was enough to inspire a TV series of the same name. The series had a devoted fan-following and burned “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose” into the pop culture lexicon. But will audiences want a whole new version of this story? Wouldn’t they be more inclined to watch a movie that, at the very least, brought back Kyle Chandler’s coach character? I guess we’ll find out.
Mike Flanagan is sticking with some familiar faces for Midnight Mass, his new Netflix horror series. Kate Siegel, who appeared on Flanagan’s The Haunting of Hill House and is also married to the filmmaker has joined the Midnight Mass cast, along with Zach Gilford Friday Night Lights and Hamish Linklater Legion. Hill House alumnus Annabeth Gish and Henry Thomas are also on board, along with Alex Essoe and Robert Longstreet, who both appeared in Flanagan’s Doctor Sleep. See the full Midnight Mass cast line-up below.
Deadline has a rather hefty breakdown of the Midnight Mass cast, which is comprised of some familiar Mike Flanagan players, and some new faces as well:
Zach Gilford The Purge: Anarchy, Kate Siegel The Haunting of Hill House and Hamish Linklater Legion are set as leads…Annabeth Gish The Haunting of Hill House, Michael Trucco Hunter Killer, Samantha Sloyan Grey’s Anatomy, Henry Thomas The Haunting of Hill House,Rahul Abburi Killer Ransom, Crystal Balint The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco, Matt Biedel Altered Carbon, Alex Essoe Doctor Sleep, Rahul Kohli Supergirl, Kristin Lehman The Chronicles of Riddick, Robert Longstreet Doctor Sleep, Igby Rigney Blue Bloods and Annarah Shephard round out the cast.
In Midnight Mass, “an isolated island community experiences miraculous events – and frightening omens – after the arrival of a charismatic, mysterious young priest.” Flanagan will be directing every episode of Midnight Mass for Netflix, and that’s really all I need to know. I’m a ride or die Flanagan fan – I think he’s one of the best filmmakers working in horror today. He’s an artist who is able to deftly blend terror and pathos, and that’s really not as easy as you might think. As long as he keeps churning out horror projects, I’ll be paying attention.
Midnight Mass actually has an interesting connection to some of Flanagan’s other work. In his film Hush, the main character – played by Kate Siegel – is an author working on a novel called Midnight Mass. And in Flanagan’s Gerald’s Game, a copy of the same book can be spotted at one point:
Midnight Mass will start production this spring in Vancouver. Flanagan is also working on the Netflix Hill House follow-up The Haunting of Bly Manor, but he’s only helming one episode of that series.