Like it or loathe it, there's no denying that NBC's Friends was a television phenomenon. Groups of television viewers would gather around the boob tube each Thursday night from 1994 to 2004, wondering whether Rachel and Ross would ever get together (spoiler: They do!), what stupid thing Joey will say ('cause he's a model!), and what quirky song Phoebe would sing next (I hope it's about a cat!).
Rumors of a Friends movie have popped up ever since the show went off the air in 2004, but none have been stronger than those that surfaced today. Several UK sites today are reporting that the ball is once again rolling to get a Friends movie into production, with most pointing toward the recent success of the Sex and the City film as the catalyst (over $130 million domestically at the box office will change a studio executive's mind).
Citing "insiders," The Daily Mail says a Friends movie will hit theaters within the next 18 months and will reunite all six main members of the cast: Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox-Arquette, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, and Matthew Perry.
Apparently Aniston, once believed to be "too famous" to reprise her role as Rachel, is leading the charge in getting the movie made.
One source, who evidently believes he/she has a full grasp on Jennifer Aniston's psyche, speculates, "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."
Another UK site, ContactMusic, is reporting that the main cast members could stand to get some serious cash from the movie--upwards of $19 million each.
And so it begins--the march of comedy hits to the big screen because Sex and the City surprised everyone at the box office. Personally, I have my fingers crossed for an epic four-hour big-screen version of Caroline in the City.