Is “Friends” finally coming to the big screen? (update: probably not)

Rumors have abounded since Friends ended its successful ten year run in 2004 that the cast would make a movie. Every so often one of the cast members would admit they’ve been talking about it, but there was always one holdout, who no one would ever name. Sometimes they’d claim it was one of the guys, though it was often rumored to be Jennifer Aniston.

Supposedly they’re really going to make the film now, inspired by the success (and I’m guessing the money) of the recent Sex & the City film.

The highly anticipated film production of TV series Friends has finally been given the go-ahead, MailOnline has learned. The actors have been inspired by the recent success of Sex And The City, which recently hit cinemas worldwide. A source said: ‘Jennifer, Courteney and the rest of the cast are keen to reprise their roles, under the right circumstances.

‘The box office success of Sex And The City has really got their wheels spinning about how a Friends film could be just as big, if done right. Timing and the script are really important, but now that Courteney and Jen both have production companies, they can potentially get very involved in those decisions.’

While Cox, 44, LeBlanc, 40, Perry, 39, Kudrow, 45 and Schwimmer, 41, were believed to be keen on the reunion, Aniston, 39, is believed to have dragged her heels. Now, however, she is keen to move ahead with the project, which will be produced by Warner Bros. ‘She says she and Courteney have already talked this summer about what they want out of a Friends movie, and if deals can be made with them, everything else can fall into place rather quickly.

[From the Daily Mail]

It sounds like things are as close to happening as they’ve ever been. But when the same rumor has been floating around for four years, it’s hard to tell when/if it’s actually become legitimate. Even though Jennifer Aniston is probably the biggest star from the show, I think all of them could benefit from a successful film. The Daily Mail pointed out that Aniston has had a few okay movies, but she’s still much better known for her personal life than her great movie career. And I’m pretty sure that at this point, Matt LeBlanc should take whatever he can get.

It seemed like there was a bit of a Friends backlash right after the series finale. Suddenly everyone was claiming they never found it funny. Television comedies have really moved in a different direction since then. There are very few traditional sitcoms left on the air – and almost none of them are filmed in front of a live audience anymore. It’ll be interesting to see if people still find the show’s brand of humor funny. Something tells me that no matter what, it won’t compare to the financial success of the Sex & the City film.

Update by Celebitchy: A representative for Warner Brothers has denied that there’s a Friends movie in the works, saying “(There’s) no truth in the story.” Courteney Cox and Matthew Perry’s spokespeople have also denied that there’s a Friends movie being planned. [Details From SFGate]

 

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  1. devilgirl says:

    Start your Aniston bashing……….now-

  2. geronimo says:

    Why not? Friends was great. In the right hands, there could be a good catch-up movie in there. They worked really well off each other and if they’re all up for it, why not.

  3. Bodhi says:

    I never cared for the show, but most of the rest of the world did. A “Friends” movie could work if it was done right

  4. Kristin says:

    F.R.I.E.N.D.S. was/is my favorite show of all time. I was sad when it ended and have been watching it for years. I am not sure if a movie would work though. It might be too late. I am a huge fan of SATC as well and was looking forward to the movie, only to be let down. I just don’t want the same to happen here.

  5. Kaiser/ Hippacrat says:

    See, but with SATC, there were some big unanswered questions at the end of the TV show – whould Carrie & Big get married, would Charlotte ever get preggo, etc. Are there really unanswered questions with Friends? And after a 10-year run, don’t we really know everything about the characters?

  6. geronimo says:

    Someone could die, someone could be gay, someone could make it big, someone could be divorced, Joey could be a woman, Chandler could be in a cult. Let your imagination run wild, kaiser. There are no limits.

  7. Kaiser/ Hippacrat says:

    LOL, Geronimo. “The One Where Rachel Becomes A Scientologist” could be funny.

  8. geronimo says:

    See!

    10 years is a long time in anyone’s life. I think it’s worth a movie.

  9. Silly Lilly says:

    Well… Phoebe could become a Republican, Joey could come out of the closet, Chandler could Divorce Monica, Rachel could have an affair with Chandler causing the divorce with Monica, The baby could not be Chandlers, and Ross, could have been a Middle Eastern Spy this whooooooooooole time…..

    Sorry… had to throw that in.

    The only thing this movie can do is what SATC did, which is let you catch up with where they would be right about now. And to be honest, I would enjoy that type of a movie… I enjoyed SATC. It wasnt groundbreaking, it was enjoyable.

  10. Brett says:

    I would consider Lisa Kudrow to be the most successful. jennifer Aniston is better known for her personal life than her actual film credits.

  11. Ron says:

    Friends did not have the “serial” aspect that SATC did. They had a bit of it with Ross and Rachel etc, but each episode kind of stands on it own. Also, it was a standard sitcom formula. SATC was a dramedy which makes it easier to make a coherent 2 hour script. 2 hours of Chandleriems and Smelly Cats, would be kind of boring.

  12. Mikw says:

    Please, God…tell me this movie will never be made.

  13. Kaiser/ Hippacrat says:

    I agree, Brett. Kudrow and Matthew Perry were the most talented cast members on that show. Perry’s also a really good dramatic actor – he used to do guest spots on The West Wing, and I actually liked that Sunset Strip show. I was probably the only one. :(

  14. Jody says:

    Personally, it seems like they waited too long. SATC did so well because people were still talking about it, with its rebirth of being released in edited form on TBS, which brought in- turn, an entirely new audience. Contrary to Friends on TBS, which is just rerun after rerun, and may repel past fans.
    I really don’t even think they can compare these two shows. HBO shows lend themselves to movies much easier than sitcoms because there’s little to no censoring, so it already has a movie-esque feel.

    Friends has a movie– it’s called the DVD series.

  15. RaeJillian says:

    i love friends, everytime i watch the reruns i am like, oh! yeah! i am always surprised at what i forgot and what was in the same episode. but i am not sure how a movie would go, it’s a lot of time and there isn’t any follow up. it just feels weird to me…

  16. kamille says:

    o’right get it started now…….pls
    it was so much laughter and fun.
    jeniffer is so america sweetheart

  17. Celebitchy says:

    I would watch this, I loved Friends, and I loved Aniston in it I will admit. I was always watching to see when she would nip out. She hardly ever wore a bra on that show. Seriously I did really like her in it.

  18. Anastasia says:

    Would anyone care if they did make a Friends movie?

    That ship has sailed.

  19. drm says:

    Do you know I must be one of the only people in the world to have never seen an entire episode of Friends? I’ve seen 30 second bits here and there but that’s it…just was never my thing…

  20. neelyo says:

    Thank you Celebitchy for explaining the success and appeal of Jennifer Aniston. She’s a mediocre actress, no great beauty, but the nipples explain it all. Of course guys would think she was hot if she had THOs every episode.

  21. I choose me says:

    When I initially started watching the show, I thought it was a little too white-bread for my tastes, then I really got into it and I always try to catch the reruns when they are on. That said I can’t see this translating well to the big screen. But who knows. I’ve been wrong before. I also reallly like the theme song.

  22. boobaloob says:

    Friends without a laugh track? I don’t see that happening.

  23. vdantev says:

    Uh- no !! Bad Hollywood !! No latte !!

  24. Granger says:

    I think this is a terrible idea. SATC translated well to the big screen because the show was sexy, fashion-forward, and gave us a real look at the lifestyles of hip, single women in NYC. Friends, on the other hand, revolved around 6 people spending hours on end in a coffee shop that could have been in any semi-large city in the United States. I loved the show, but just don’t see it making a good movie.

    I totally agree with the statement that Aniston is more famous for her personal life than her film career. I’m sorry, but the best thing that ever happened to her was being dumped by Brad Pitt, because it’s kept her in the public eye a lot longer than she would otherwise have been, in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong, she seems like a lovely girl, but she’s a very mediocre actress. And I’m not sure a Friends movie will do anything positive for her career. She’s constantly criticized for only ever playing Rachel anyway — if you ask me, she’d be much better off branching out and doing something entirely off the wall.

  25. Persistent Cat says:

    Maybe this will get a Buffy movie made. And Arrested Development. One can hope.

  26. boobaloob says:

    An Arrested Development movie is pretty much confirmed, actually. If so, I am so stoked.

  27. RAN says:

    Yeah! I would LOVE this! Not sure how well the movie will pan out, but who cares? I loved the show, loved ALL the characters (especially Aniston) and loved how well they worked together. Did I mention my ‘love’ for the show? :P

  28. Don'tDoIt says:

    There is absolutely nowhere to go with the story. We have seen it all. After 10 years on television the poor horse was beat to death. I think it would be career suicide for all of them. Courtney Cox is a smart cookie and has so much potential as a producer and writer. I think it would be beneath her to put out a sure stinker. Maybe a 20 year renunion television special but not a movie. I didn’t really like the SATC movie. I thought that reunion would have been better served as an HBO special. Don’t do it!

  29. Sandra says:

    I would kill for a golden girls or wings tv reunion episode. I have them on dvd and have seen each episode at least 8 times- can’t get enough! I am obsessed!

  30. CB Rawks says:

    Will they just pretend the whole *Joey in LA* thing never happened? That would be my advice. ;)

    I’m with you Boobaloob, I am jittery with excitement over the prospect of an Arrested Development movie!

  31. sue mac says:

    Just hang-me,shoot-me,kill me now.

  32. Hollz says:

    i’d rather see arrested Development the movie then friends the movie!!

    the buffy movie ain’t gonna happen- thats what season 8 comics are for :D

  33. AC says:

    Friends had some rough seasons but over all its a fantastic show with really amazing actors. I think its easy to hate on friends because there was such a backlash but there are some episodes that just have you rolling on the floor. Jennifer Aniston is a genius in that role. They all are really. A great example of ensemble acting.

  34. jet says:

    Never cared for bumbling, slap stick
    comedy about nothing.. together they
    stood..divided they fell..
    the up side they all got over paid. :?

  35. I choose me says:

    OMG, Persistent Cat, I have been hoping for a Buffy movie forever. I would give my first born to make it happen. Seriously they need to make that movie stat!

    @ Hollz. I have the first few series of the season 8 Buffy comics but when a certain slayer did the horizontal mambo with a certain other slayer, it pissed me off. My idea is that B is strictly dicky unless of course she makes it with Faith. :mrgreen:

  36. Michelle says:

    I LOVE Friends! I would definately go watch this movie. It is my favorite show ever and I have all 10 seasons. The characters go together so nicely and the writing was hilarious. I really, really hope they do it. There are unanswered questions. Did Joey ever settle down, did Phoebe have any babies for herself, did Ross and Rachel get married, is Chandler still able to put up with the control freak that Monica is? Must, must forget about the Joey in LA debacle.

  37. CINTHIA says:

    HI MATTHEW PERRY

    YOU WHANT TO BE MATT LEBLANC WITH IT IS FIEND BY AND I AM HAPPY FOR YOU TO BE GAY BOYFRIEND AND BOYFRIEND