Mike Leach and Friday Night Lights are getting back together.
Peter Berg, creator of the hit television series that followed the trials of a high school football team in fictional Dillon, Texas, told MTV that a movie based on the series was in the works and that the plot could be loosely based on the events surrounding Leach's firing from Texas Tech.
Yeah, I'm excited, too.
Speaking to a potential plotline, Berg said they plan to involve some real-life elements pegged to former Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach but that things will revolve around Coach and Tami Taylor from the TV series.
"[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 explained. "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."
This wouldn't be the first time Leach and Friday Night Lights have crossed paths. In 2009, Leach told a disillusioned coach Eric Taylor that he needed to "find his inner pirate."
It's hard to put into words how excited I am about a potential Friday Night Lights movie — OK, a second Friday Night Lights movie — and a possible Mike Leach storyline. The television series, which ran for five seasons, had a cult following and was nominated for several awards, including several Primetime Emmy Awards. Adding a Mike Leach storyline could make this film a must-see. And there's no doubt that Leach will use the film as a recruiting advantage at Washington State.