Rumors of a Friends reunion had the internet in a frenzy on Tuesday (November 28) as reports claimed that NBC confirmed a revival of the popular sitcom for 2024.
UPDATE 29/11/2023 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Can you believe it's been 29 years since Friends first aired?! (29 years, 2 months, 7 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.
Friends without Chandler Bing?
After the tragic passing of Matthew Perry in 2023 how are the writers going to handle the absence of Chandler Bing. It seems pretty hard to imagine. “The right thing to do for the show, at least at this point, is to have that character pass,” a source close to the production says.
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 Schwimmer said he's not sure if Friends would work today. “I don't want to see old Ross Geller,” he told a journalist (Schwimmer turned 57 in November). “Everyone’s going to have different vision of what the character is like, so to have that materialize is going to disappoint most people,” he added.
Still hoping for a Friends movie?
In a recent interview, Matt LeBlanc 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 Elliott Gould (who played Jack Geller, Ross and Monica's father between 1994 and 2003) 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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