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Leach inspires Friday Night Lights film script

Posted on: February 15, 2012 1:10 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2012 1:14 pm
 

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Having a thinly veiled version of himself play a key role in the movie version of The Blind Side has only seemed to boost the career of Hugh Freeze, the new Ole Miss head man and the only FBS coach we can think of to have the details of his life turned into elements of a major motion picture. So maybe the folks at Washington State should be happy to hear the details revealed Tuesday regarding the planned Friday Night Lights movie.

FNL executive producer and director of the original Friday Night Lights film Peter Berg told MTV that the saga surrounding Mike Leach's controversial departure from Texas Tech would become the inspiration for one of the new movie's principal storylines. According to Berg: 

"[Screenwriter Jason 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 ... "The idea is to really revolve it around the coach."

While Leach's account of his treatment of Adam James and subsequent dismissal from Lubbock has not yet been "proven" in the legal sense, the drama over his battles with James (and ESPN analyst/senatorial candidate father Craig James) and the Texas Tech brass could provide fodder enough for an entire movie trilogy.

Of course, Berg may be fortunate just the get the one Leach-inspired movie made; while saying "We're not done with Friday Night Lights," he also admits that corralling all of his principal actors together for the film wouldn't be easy. (And star Taylor Kitsch sounded less than gung-ho about reprising his role as Tim Riggins, saying he'd "maybe do a cameo or something.")

So we wouldn't advise the Cougar public relations staff in Pullman to start work on their "Mike Leach: movie hero inspiration" promotional campaign just yet. But just ask Freeze: if Berg does get his Leach-centric script into production, it surely won't hurt Leach's already formidable reputation as one of the most fascinating characters in college football.

HT: Grantland 

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Comments

Since: Mar 31, 2011
Posted on: February 16, 2012 10:20 am
 

Leach inspires Friday Night Lights film script

I liked this article because I thought Mike Leach was a very good coach at Texas Tech and loved to was his teams.  Texas Tech took the wrong way with siding with a little spoil boy (Adam James) and his father Craig James.  I will tell ESPN I love all the fotball and basketball games they have on TV but I will not watch a game when Craig James is part of the analyst team.  Sometimes your kids need to growl.

I spent 44 years in Banking and the owner of our bank told me a story when I young.  Don't get mad at your customers or frends because in live what "GOES AROUND WILL ALWAYS COME AROUND" and they will need your help sometime, how true that has happen.  So Mike Leach time is coming around for him and I will watch his games if (ESPN puts them on TV).  The sad thing on all this is Texas Tech has lost, their teams are not good and maybe Craig James would agree his kid was spoil.



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2012 2:22 pm
 

Leach inspires Friday Night Lights film script

It sounds pretty cool, but I'd rather see an exposé on the human garbage that is Craig James and ESPN's biased mishandling of the entire situation.



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2012 2:19 pm
 

Leach inspires Friday Night Lights film script

So I guess the "Friday Night Lights" movie that was inspired by the book (with that same name) wasnt good enough? I loved the TV show but I dont/cant understand spinning it off into a movie, since it was the book then the movie that inspired the TV series.


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