We’ve heard rumors of a Friends movie for years, and rumored holdout Jennifer Aniston has made it clear in the past that she’s not on board. In an interview with Hello! published in August, 2008, Aniston said “I believe [a movie] wouldn’t be a very good idea. Friends was a wonderful time in my life and is now – like so many other things – a chapter that’s been closed. Let’s keep looking forward.” Courteney Cox addressed a potential movie in an interview just last week. She said that she wishes that Friends could be a film phenomenon like Sex & The City but that “I don’t think it’s going to happen,” and added that it would need to have the same creators. “Would [series creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman] want to write it? Because they’d have to be involved. I don’t know … a lot of things would have to break just right for it to work. But we’ve daydreamed about it.”
According to the National Enquirer, Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox are indeed hoping to make a Friends movie in the same vein as Sex & The City. They’re also allegedly secretly writing a script for it:
Jennifer Aniston and Courtney Cox are so jealous of the runaway success of the “Sex and The City” franchise, they’ve hatched a plan to take “Friends” to the big screen, say sources.
The BFFs are working on a top secret script – and it looks like Jen may also direct the project.
“After years of saying no, Jen and Courteney decided the time is right for a ‘Friends’ reunion, an insider told the Enquirer.
“Courteney and Jen both watched with evnt as the ‘Sex and The City’ cast parlayed their cable TV show into a massive movie success, said the insider.
“So Jen is campaigning to make a ‘Friends’ movie finally happen.” And with Jen’s back, the project is all but a sure thing…
Jen is campaigning to get the series’ creators, Marta Kauffman and David Crane, to give the movie their blessing. But she’s already called the rest of the show’s cast – and they’ve all given a big thumbs up to the idea.”
[From The National Enquirer, print edition, June 28, 2010]
So is the Enquirer taking the hints that Cox may have been dropping in that interview and running with them? They may have insider information. We heard from the actor who played coffeehouse barista Gunther last September that a movie was already planned and that everyone had signed on. I could see a Friends movie coming, but it will probably be a pale overly packaged version of the original, like that movie franchise excuse for selling us more Sex & The City than we can take. Of course all the actors are on board. There’s a ton of money to be made and apart from Jennifer Aniston and maybe Courteney Cox, we haven’t seen many of them on either our small or big screens lately.