Rumors of a Friends reunion had the internet in a frenzy on Wednesday (July 8) as reports claimed that NBC confirmed a revival of the popular sitcom for 2021.
UPDATE 09/07/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Can you believe it's been 25 years since Friends first aired?! (25 years, 9 months, 17 days to be exact.)
Why in the world did Friends end?
When Friends came to an end after 10 years in May 2004, million viewers tuned in to say goodbye to Monica Geller (Courteney Cox), Ross Geller (David Schwimmer), Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston), Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow), Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc) and Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry). And since then, they have been itching for a reunion.
Would a Friends reunion disappoint people?
Friends aired from 1994-2004 and is considered one of the most influential TV shows ever on pop culture. Although no original episodes have been shot since, it has remained a regular feature on many station's schedules. But Aniston said she's not sure if Friends would work today. “I don't want to see old Rachel Green,” she told a journalist (Aniston turned 51 in February). “Everyone’s going to have different vision of what the character is like, so to have that materialize is going to disappoint most people,” she added.
Still hoping for a Friends movie?
In a recent interview, Jon Favreau (who played Monica's boyfriend, Pete Becker in 1997) said he can't imagine a Friends reunion hitting the big screen. “I'd rather people go, ‘Oh, please! Please!’ than ‘I can't believe you did that. It was horrible.’”
Co-star Tom Selleck (who played Monica's boyfriend, Dr. Richard Burke between 1996 and 2000) has also previously explained, “It would be terrible to do something and have it not be good,”. “It was so terrific ... If we did a Friends movie and it sucked, then it would, you know, blemish it.”
On the subject of whether there could be a Friends film, Jennifer Aniston stated : “I think it's a bit of a case of ‘the book is better than the movie’.”
What about a Friends reboot?
Recasting Friends for a modern reboot. Hollywood is known for remaking remakes of films or tv series and the studios might think it would be great to bring the story back with a new set of characters.
Be it in the form of a Friends reunion, a Friends movie, or a Friends reboot, if you had to start filming today, who would you cast in what role?
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