I grew up in Texas and attended every football game in high school in one capacity or another. I also love every iteration of Friday Night Lights: Buzz Bissinger's monumental best-seller, Peter Berg's greatest cinematic achievement, and of course the legendary TV show starring Kyle Chandler. So I'm always down for any well-done drama about my home state's religious devotion to the game.
Saban Films has now acquired what sounds like one of the more compelling films of 2021. Originally titled Brother's Keeper, Under the Stadium Lights stars Laurence Fishburne as the mentor of the Abilene High School football team, which defied the odds to win the state championship in 2009. The film marks the feature debut of Todd Randall and co-stars Milo Gibson (The Outpost), Abigail Hawk (TV's Blue Bloods) and Glenn Morshower (Moneyball). Production wrapped in 2019.
Under the Stadium Lights has not been given a release date yet.