Rumors of a Palace reunion had the internet in a frenzy on Monday (September 21) as reports claimed that producers confirmed a revival of the popular sitcom for 2021.
UPDATE 22/09/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Can you believe it's been 31 years since Palace first aired?! (31 years, 10 months, 24 days to be exact.)
Why in the world did Palace end?
When Palace came to an end after 2 years in December 1989, million viewers tuned in to say goodbye to Hugues-Jean Landreau (Claude Piéplu), Professor Rollin (François Rollin), the Barfly (Jean Carmet) and Lady Palace (Valérie Lemercier). And since then, they have been itching for a reunion.
Palace without Hugues-Jean Landreau and the Barfly?
After the tragic passing of Claude Piéplu in 2006 and Jean Carmet in 1994 how are the writers going to handle the absence of Hugues-Jean Landreau and the Barfly. 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 Palace reunion disappoint people?
Palace aired from 1988-1989 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 Lemercier said she's not sure if Palace would work today. “I don't want to see old Lady Palace,” she told a journalist (Lemercier turned 56 in March). “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 Palace movie?
In a recent interview, François Morel (who played Alfred) said he can't imagine a Palace 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 Daniel Prévost 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 Palace movie and it sucked, then it would, you know, blemish it.”
On the subject of whether there could be a Palace film, Jean-Marie Bigard stated : “I think it's a bit of a case of ‘the book is better than the movie’.”
What about a Palace reboot?
Recasting Palace 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 Palace reunion, a Palace movie, or a Palace reboot, if you had to start filming today, who would you cast in what role?
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