'Friday Night Lights' film is a go

The epic journey of H.G. "Buzz" Bissinger’s high school football saga, Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream, which took it from book to film to TV show yet continues: Eight long months after TV show was cruelly canceled after five seasons comes news that the story is to be revisited in a new movie.

Series star Connie Britton, 44, tells Us Weekly a film is, indeed, in the works.

"It's happening for realsies," says Britton who was nominated for an Emmy for her performance as Tami Taylor.

The NBC Universal-produced show, about the lives and loves of the kids, paretnts, teachers and coaches involved in the life of a small town high school football team in the fictional texas town of Dillon, developed a fiercely loyal following even thought it was dumped by NBC after two seasons, only to be picked up by Direct TV.

Happily, the same team which created the first movie and the TV series, director Peter Berg and producer Brian Grazer also will develop the new picture.

"Pete [Berg] is totally fired up to do it and I know Jason Katims is talking about writing a script. I think it's really a matter of…getting everyone's busy schedules aligned and making it happen," says Britton. “It kind of feels like there's a lot of commitment to it.”

Promises, Britton “I for one will do my part in trying to push it along.”

So where will the story pick up? Will the new film be closer in spirit to the first film or the TV show? Who’ll be cast? The amazing A-listers from the 2004 pic, which included Billy Bob Thornton, Derek Luke, Jay Hernandez, Lucas Black, Garrett Hedlund and Tim McGraw?

Or the NBC show’s equally talented cast?

We expect to see Britton in the new pic – she was also featured both in the 2004 film and the series.

Photos (top down): NBC publicity still from the show; Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler; director and exec producer Peter Berg.

Here’s the trailer from the 2004 movie: