Get excited: Friends stars to reunite for big-screen blockbuster
It’s the news we’ve all been waiting for: Jennifer Aniston and co. are reuniting to make a highly-anticipated film of the hit US TV show Friends.
According to insiders, cast members Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer and Lisa Kudrow will reprise their roles for a silver screen version ‘within the next 18 months’.
It is reported that the actors have been inspired by the recent success of Sex and the City: The Movie, which is set to gross over £300 million at the box office.
A source told the Daily Mail: ‘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.’
Talk of a big-screen reunion for the much-loved gang has been simmering in Hollywood ever since the show aired its final season in 2004 after ten successful years on air.
But it was reportedly Jennifer Aniston who was dragging her heels on the Warner Bros production.
Now, however, she’s set to go for it. The source added: ‘As the biggest star of the Friends franchise, Jennifer can’t help but look at what’s happened with Sarah Jessica Parker and the Sex and the City film and be a little jealous.
‘What’s held back a Friends movie so far is that people worried that Jennifer had simply become too famous to play Rachel again.
‘But the truth is that Jennifer is finally willing to do it, and she’d love to work with that whole team of actors and producers again.
‘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.’
The source continued: ‘It really comes down to money, and I don’t think Jen has a problem with all of the Friends getting huge paydays for the movie.
‘In that sense it’s Sex and the City all over again. There’s no movie unless you can reunite the whole cast and keep them all happy financially.’
We will be waiting with baited breath!