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Friends movie finally happening?

Friends.jpgIs it true? Could it finally be happening? Could the most loved television series of all time finally be making it to the big screen? Well there have been rumours of a Friends film for a very long time, but with the success of a Sex and the City film there's added pressure to make it.

Of course it's the usual source talking, and this one does reek of leaking some public comments to lever the stars into a position where the studio could gauge their interest and use public pressure to pull them towards a movie version, but is that me just being overly cynical about Hollywood?

Unlike Sex and the City I actually think that there is mileage for a Friends film, and that there could be some really new material, and some added drama to be had, rather than Sex and the City did and just rewind the last television series and play that out in a film format.

According to a source talked about through Digital Spy, and other places on the web, there are plans to get the film going for a release within the next eighteen months.

Now that may seem like a rather short time, but think about something else here for a moment, the actor's strike. If that went ahead we would see all the film actors striking and not the television actors. You with me? So the Friends cast would feasibly be able to star in the film version while the Screen Actors Guild is out on strike, and the studio get a film to fill out a quiet schedule.

Of course that may not be the case at all as the strike may be over before it's begun, it's certainly running very late at the moment. Here's what the source said:

"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...

...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."

Well let's face it, Jennifer Aniston had the potential to be really big and then blew it all, and in my mind that fell through the cracks when she abandoned the dramatic roles and went back to playing Rachel in all those comedies. Let's face it she's gone nowhere. Then Courtney Cox had a chance and her Dirt show was cancelled. As for the rest, well they've not faired much better have they?

Perhaps it's more to the point that the cast are ready to make some more money realising that their careers are going nowhere else.

Would you like to see a Friends film? Would you want it to return to the television style or perhaps pick up with their lives now apart and bring something new to the storyline rather than more of the same?



I'm not sure how Friends would transfer to the big screen Sex and the City and the oft-rumoured Arrested Development films both have a format that moves easily but Friends was filmed (mostly) in front of a live audience with the laughter track. I think that any Friends film would seem a bit 'off' if the laughter was missing.

I do think they'd have to make it a little more serious, a little more real world, and then the humour would work much better in a film format.

The story as it would be today for these characters would work well in a more serious format anyway.

Problem is, how do you take the fans along with you then?


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