After a very long wait, Friends: the reunion just premiered on HBO Max, but don’t expect this to mean that a revival of a series or film adaptation is on the way. The new special features the six main cast members – Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer – getting back together to remember the series. Several special guests also appear on the show.

The Friends The actors reenact the series’ famous trivia game scene, but is there a chance they will soon return to character for a genuine revival, be it through another spinoff or even a reunion movie? Any fan who wants that to happen shouldn’t hold their breath. In a new interview with THR, series creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane, along with executive producer and director Kevin Bright, completely scrapped the idea. Here’s what Bright said when asked if there would ever be a new spinoff or revival of some kind.

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“No, because it won’t be that good. These six actors, the time, the place, everything was special. We don’t want to see the show as a brand that just becomes another generation. If we were going to do it, we want to maybe do something with all six characters, but we don’t want to do that because, as Crane says, ‘We’d have to undo everything we did for another show to happen.’ And we’re not interested in doing that. It was a perfect ending, don’t touch it. “

One idea some fans have asked to see is a reunion movie, which provides an update on where all the characters are in their lives decades later. To that, Bright reiterates that the TV series was driven by the characters’ youth at the time, and revisiting them all this time later would likely be more depressing than fun.

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“Maybe someday someone will come up with a great idea and introduce us to how they imagine making a movie. But making the Friends movie with this cast – older Friends– not the same show. The whole energy of the show wasn’t just the chemistry of the actors, it was fueled by youth. That, ‘What’s my job? Who am I going to fall in love with? What am I going to do for the rest of my life? That’s what prompted the show. Imagine divorce problems and other things? None of that is attractive. If you are going to make a truthful version of what would have happened to them, they cannot remain married and together. “

Kauffman, meanwhile, is also quite adamant that Friends You will never get any kind of sequel series or reboot of any kind.

“Absolutely not. Nope. No. There’s no reason to do it. It’ll never be all six, it’s a completely different show and it’s not a show that I’m particularly interested in. And if it’s not great, or as good as friends, it’s going to piss you off. people “.

Crane makes the decision unanimously, who backs Bright and Kauffmann with his own explanation of why it’s not even worth bothering with.

“No, because inevitably if you do something like that, you are competing with the original show and why do it? We were so blessed. We managed to put lightning in a bottle with the perfect cast and it all fitted together very well. The odds of that being that. happen again are very rare. It’s like if you win the lottery, you stop buying tickets. “

Friends: the reunion now airs on HBO Max. Episodes of the classic series are also available to watch on the streamer. You can read the full interview with him Friends creators in The Hollywood Reporter.

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