TV's 'Friends' On The Big Screen?
Could it be possible that since the success of the two Sex and the City movies that a Friends movie could be in the works?
It had been reported in 2008 that true life best buddies Jennifer Aniston and Courtney Cox-Arquette had been surprised by the success of the big screen adaptation of Sex and The City and more than a little jealous.
Since then rumours have been continually circulating that a Friends movie would be on the way. Fans then got even more excited when James Michael Tyler who played coffee shop owner Gunther in the Friends TV series stated ‘ ‘Friends: The Movie is definitely on. I still keep in touch with a lot of the cast and they say that they are really keen.’
However since then the gossip seems to have become quite conflicting, especially by all the male cast of Friends, David Schwimmer seemed to have quashed all rumours very early on, then it was reported that Mathew Perry was tired of being asked about the possibility of a movie by his Twitter, and more recently Matt Le Blanc seemed less than keen on reprising his role of Joey Tribbiani when telling WENN "What would the story be? We all get together and what? Have coffee? It would be almost sad. It's better to just imagine what those characters are doing now."
Aniston, Cox and Lisa Kudrow have continually expressed interest in a movie and trying to get the shows writers David Crane and Marta Kauffman on board, and more recently interest was happening in a TV thanksgiving special.
However since then gossip and any confirmed word has died down yet again. Still, fans of the show are hopeful and more than enthusiastic - starting up Facebook campaigns, petitions and letters to cast and the production team expressing how much they want to see a reunion.
3 years of talk and not a lot of walk, what seems to be the problem with bringing the show to the big screen?
Though it has tons of interest from some of the cast and millions of fans, where SATC was successful is ultimately where a big adaptation of Friends could prove difficult.
Sex and the City is a kind of one camera focused show, and even on HBO each episode seemed to be a mini movie in itself.
Friends on the other hand is shot using multi cameras in front of a live audience, thus why you hear the laughs from the crowd when they do something funny, so the atmosphere of a movie would be hugely different to the show we all know.
Though Matt Le Blanc would have no idea how the shows storyline could progress is what fans strongly disagree with (myself included), it’s been more than a substantial amount of time since the group of six friends departed on their own adventures and bringing them back together would surely create much story materiel- Where have they been? What have they been doing? Has Joey finally got hitched? Did Ross and Rachel eventually tie the knot for good? Are Monica and Chandler still going strong? Is Phoebe still as insane as ever? The list of questions is endless.
Many feel that if Sex and the City can make a successful big screen adaptation, which they have, then Friends is more than equipped to follow in their footsteps and be even more successful.
What’s for certain is Jennifer Aniston and Courtney Cox-Arquette have always been open to the idea and have been trying to come up with a script/idea to pitch to the shows writers, though if a lot more time passes with no more progress on a movie or a one-off episode then it’s no doubt more likely that interest will be forever lost in a reunion.
Thanks to The Movie 411.