So, this is probably my favorite interview in a long time. Details pulled Peter Berg, creator of Friday Night Lights and friend of Mike Leach, aside to ask him whether a new movie was coming. It just so happened that Connie Britton -- Tami Taylor in the TV series -- also stopped by. The result was an unfiltered and hilarious interview.
Did I mention Mike Leach came up? Because he did. And it was awesome. Via Details:
DETAILS: People can't wait. There was a report about the movie that saying it would focus on Coach Taylor and that the story was inspired by Mike Leach, the former Texas Tech coach who was accused of locking a kid in a closet. What about that story resonates with you?
PETER BERG: I put Leach in a little cameo in Friday Night Lights and I started to become friends with him, and then he got fired. I really studied that entire situation-his getting fired and the accusations made against him by Adam James, and the pressure that his father, Craig James, put on Leach, using his ESPN bully pulpit. Craig James is a fucking scumbag, helicopter dad-and everything wrong with the culture I observed in Texas. Mike Leach never put that kid in a closet. The kid admitted it. It was a total lie. Now Mike Leach has the Washington State University job and he's got carte blanche. It's a great comeback story.
CONNIE BRITTON: I am so on board. Pete, let's make the movie the same way we did the pilot.
PETER BERG: Naked?
CONNIE BRITTON: Yes, naked and drunk. We were drunk. And sometimes naked. But not on camera.
Berg and Britton said the movie is happening, which is great for fans of the series (like me!). And though he didn't say it, there's a possibility the movie, whenever it comes to pass, will be loosely based on Mike Leach's story, as reported quite a while ago.
Still no word on whether or not a Leach behind-the-scenes HBO show is coming, though we do know Berg sent a team to Pullman for a test shoot.