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The Dowdle Brothers Tackle New ‘Friday Night Lights’ Movie (Exclusive)

John Erick and Drew Dowdle, aka the Dowdle brothers, have boarded Universal Pictures’ reimagining of “Friday Night Lights.” Both will do a polish on the script, with John Erick directing and Drew exec producing.

Sources tell Variety that 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 original film, directed by Peter Berg, brought in a modest $61 million at the domestic box office. The property strengthened its fanbase when NBC and Berg turned it into a TV series, which garnered critical acclaim as well as an Emmy win for Chandler during its five-year run.

Since the show ended,

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