Dust off those British flags and lace up your old platform sneakers, because the Spice Girls are reportedly gearing up for a reunion of sorts next year. According the U.K. news publication The Sun, all five members, including the often distant Victoria Beckham, will be part of the group’s comeback in 2018, which includes a television special and a compilation album.
According to the report, the journey of getting to a reunion next year has been led by Mel C. (Sporty Spice), with talks starting back over the summer.
“As it stands, they will be working together on a series of projects, which will include an album and a TV special celebrating the [band],” a source told The Sun. “Getting Victoria to agree has been a coup for everyone involved, given she has always been the person holding back on a reunion.”
All five members reunited for a highly publicized world tour in 2007-08, which was their first in nearly 10 years since their initial explosive breakthrough into pop culture the 1990s. Over the span of 47 shows, the famous girl group earned a reported $107.2 million in ticket and merch sales throughout their world tour, which ended up being one of the most successful concert runs of 2008. The band also made headlines when all five members reunited for a one-off performance during the closing ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, which took place in their home city of London.
Since announcing their indefinite hiatus at the end of 2000, all five members have gone their separate ways, with Victoria Beckham (Posh Spice) often finding herself in the tabloids thanks to her high profile marriage to soccer star David Beckham. According the the unnamed source, there were still some relationships in the group that needed mending before they could start working together again.
“Things between them were quite icy at the start of the year,” the source continued. “Gradually the ice thawed, and Mel was the one who drove that. Mel’s divorce battle also helped to bring them back together, as did the birth of Geri’s son.”
It’s still a mystery as to what the television special will include, but fans should be optimistic that one of the biggest musical acts of the 1990s will have quite the show planned for their fans after the long hiatus.