These Are Jennifer Aniston’s Best Ideas for a ‘Friends’ Reboot
Fans are all about the idea of a Friends reunion, reboot, or spinoff. But not everyone in the sitcom’s original cast is enthusiastic about the idea. Matthew Perry, for instance, has made it pretty clear that he isn’t interested in reprising his role as Chandler Bing.
But Jennifer Aniston seems to love the idea of rebooting Friends and returning to her role as Rachel Green. Ahead, discover all the ideas that Aniston has shared for a Friends spinoff.
Jennifer Aniston has said that a Friends reunion isn’t out of the question
Glamour reports that during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Jennifer Aniston said that a Friends reunion isn’t out of the question. According to Glamour, “It’s not a confirmation that the cast of the ’90s smash hit will come together in that giant Manhattan apartment again anytime soon, but it’s the glimmer of hope we’ve been waiting on for 14 years.”
David Schwimmer said that he doubted a reunion would ever happen, explaining, “Look, the thing is, I just don’t know if I want to see all of us with crutches [and] walkers.” And Lisa Kudrow said that she didn’t know if a reboot would work. “I mean, that was about people in their 20s, 30s. Well, the show isn’t about people in their 40s, 50s. And if we have the same problems, then that’s just sad,” she said.
She wants to make a spinoff about the characters’ kids
Closer Weekly reports that Jennifer Aniston has floated the idea of a Friends spinoff that revolves around the character’s children. “The show would reportedly follow the lives of the original characters’ now grown-up children,” and Aniston referred to it as Friends 2.0. She’s supposedly gotten Courteney Cox, who played Monica Geller, and Lisa Kudrow, who played Phoebe Buffay, on board with the idea.
A source explained that “Jen wants to make the reboot work with a Millennial angle, and has reached out to some of the original writers. It’s hush hush at the moment, but the whispers are getting louder!” Aniston has supposedly even reached out to Cole Sprouse, hoping that he would return to play Ross Geller’s son, Ben, as he did on seasons 6 through 8 of Friends.
People were asking Aniston about a reboot before Friends was even over
Jennifer Aniston told InStyle that people have been asking her about a Friends reboot for years. “Before that show ended, people were asking if we were coming back. Courteney [Cox] and Lisa [Kudrow] and I talk about it. I fantasize about it. It really was the greatest job I ever had,” Aniston explained.
She also said at the time, “I don’t know what it would look like today, but you never know. So many shows are being successfully rebooted. I know Matt LeBlanc doesn’t want to be asked that question anymore. But maybe we could talk him into it. If we give it some time, Lisa, Courteney, and I could reboot The Golden Girls and spend our last years together on wicker furniture.”
However, she thinks Friends would look very different today
The Huffington Post reports that Jennifer Aniston has also commented on whether Friends would even work in the era of smartphones and social media. She said, “We were jokingly saying that if Friends was created today, you would have a coffee shop full of people that were just staring into iPhones,” she said. “There would be no actual episodes or conversations.”
The Post notes, “If we had Friends today, there would probably be a lot of Netflix binging and conversations would likely be rooted in the latest Facebook drama.” The publication adds, “Rachel would brag about how many likes her new haircut got on Instagram. And there definitely wouldn’t be as many plot lines that revolve around trying to erase a drunken voicemail or missed phone calls. But who doesn’t want to see Joey Tribbiani’s Tinder profile?”
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