'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.

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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.

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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.

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