'Varsity Blues' TV Reboot in the Works at CMT

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CMT is getting into the reboot game with a whole new take on the high school football classic Varsity Blues.
The country music-oriented network has ordered a script for the TV series project from screenwriter W. Peter Iliff, who penned the original film.
Varsity Blues is a coming-of-age dramedy about a high school football team and starred James Van Der Beek, Paul Walker, Ron Lester, Amy Smart, Scott Caan, Ali Larter and Oscar-winner Jon Voight.
When the film hit screens in 1999 it became a surprise hit, earning the top spot at the box office for two straight weekends, and raking in $54.3 million off a $16 million budget.
After nearly 18 years, the project still holds a nostalgic appeal, and could prove successful for the cable network, which has recently been working hard to branch out into original programming.
Recently, CMT picked up the rights to the canceled ABC series Nashville, and renewed the show for a full, 22-episode fifth season. In June, the network also debuted the original series Still the King, starring Billy Ray Cyrus and Joey Lauren Adams, which was picked up for a second season the next month.
If Varsity Blues officially comes to CMT, it will join a slew of recent TV reboots of classic movies, including Rush Hour, Lethal Weapon, Frequency, Ash vs. Evil Dead, Hannibal, Limitless, and Fargo, among many others.