The rumours have been percolating for some time now – but Friends creator Marta Kauffman has revealed a reboot of the hugely popular sitcom will always be stuck in second gear.
In an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, the writer claims any reboot would: ‘only disappoint’. When asked why she was against a reboot of the show, Kauffman said: “There are several reasons. One, the show is about a time in your life when your friends are your family. It’s not that time anymore. All we’d be doing is putting those six actors back together, but the heart of the show would be gone.
“Two, I don’t know what good it does us. The show is doing just fine, people love it. A reunion could only disappoint – ‘The One Where Everyone’s Disappointed’.”
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Friends ran for ten series between 1994 and 2004, picking up a legion of fans along the way. Since the last episode, the show has been a constant on British television, with Channel 4, Comedy Central and Channel 5 all showing episodes at some point since 2004.
The show, which tells the story of a group of six friends living in New York, won a new generation fans when Netflix added it to their streaming service in 2015.
The stars of the show have had their own say on the possibility of a reboot in recent years – with varying degrees of interest.
When David Schwimmer, who played Ross Geller, was asked by People.com about a possible reunion, he said: “I just don’t know if I want to see all of us with crutches and walkers. I doubt it – I really doubt it.”
But when quizzed by Ellen Degeneres about the possibility, Jennifer Aniston, who played Rachel Green, said: “Anything is possible”.
Ross and Rachel struggling to agree? Some things never change.