Are you a huge fan of Friday Night Lights, the TV show, like I am? Are you also a fan of Mike Leach? Well good news! These two excellent stories may combine, if everything falls into place soon.
In fact, the script is basically done and Peter Berg, whose camera crews have been following Leach around for another project, is ready to do this thing. Take it away, MTV.
"Jason Katims, who was our super talented show-runner, is about done with the script," Berg said. "You never know. So much of these things become scheduling. Kyle [Chandler] is busy, Adrianne [Palicki] is busy, Taylor is busy, Connie Britton is busy, but if we can get everyone in the same room at the same time, we all want to do it. We're not done with 'Friday Night Lights.' "
[breathes into paper bag]
"[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 and Connie [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."
[backflips naked off a high dive]
There's a difference between this and the Mike Leach story in a documentary form -- the latter is what the cameras are for and the plan is to run that show on HBO. Instead, Berg is looking to continue the Friday Night Lights TV storyline, with all the major cast members in tact, by drawing upon Leach's story as a major part of the script.
We once again remind you Coach Taylor and Leach collided in an episode of Friday Night Lights, and it was amazing. Now imagine Coach Taylor becoming Leach. With Timmy Riggins, Lyla and the rest of the crew.
This is like all of my dreams rolled into one tidy movie. Texas Forever, y'all.