The six main stars have agreed to move onto the big screen following the success of the "Sex and the City" film at the box office, reports say. Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer will be back on the same set for the first time since the show ended in 2004.
Reports say studio bosses from Warner Brothers are prepared to pay a fortune to the stars, who were being paid six figures an episode by the tenth and final season of "Friends".
They have also drafted in the show's creators, David Crane and Marta Kauffman to write and produce the film, due in cinemas in the summer of 2011."Everyone knew the story had to be right and well written. Getting the
creators on board was a massive step forward for the project," a source
said."The show did lose a lot of its shine in the last few seasons, but with
the actors all in the forties it would be a real interest to see how
their characters have developed."
James Michael Tyler, who played Central Perk coffee shop oddball Gunther, confirmed, "Friends: The Movie is definitely on. I still keep in touch with a lot of the cast and they say that they are really keen."
"The one thing I can tell you is that I am definitely on board to do the film," he said. "I really loved my time on the show and I am looking forward to meeting up with the old gang again. I just hope we can do justice to the show in a film."
The film comes in the wake of the big screen version of "Sex and the City" which took an astonishing $409million (R3billion) at the box office.
Although the cast have always made no secret about a desire to do a film, some have cast doubts about its viability.
Kudrow has said, "It would be so fun to be with all those people again. But our show was not like Sex and the City - ours was multi-camera, in front of a live audience. It's a completely different feel. You'd have to bring the tone down, and I don't know how it would be. I'll just stay open."
Friends: The Movie is set to hit theatres in 2011.
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