The long-awaited Friends reunion show could finally be a reality soon, as it appears that talks with the creators and HBO Max could be finalised soon.
Deadline reports that the main cast of the beloved sitcom from the late 1990s and early 2000s “have reached an agreement” with the producers at Warner Bros. Television, in what could be an hour-long standalone episode.
The agreement with the sextet of Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matt Le Blanc and Matthew Perry, also according to Deadline, includes a very lucrative payout of “US$3 million – US$4 million” per star, though no direct confirmation from HBO Max or WBTV has been revealed.
At the Friends 25th anniversary panel back in September 2019, co-creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane ruled out the possibility of an actual reboot or even a scripted reunion. Instead, they had planned on doing a show on the six characters doing “nothing scripted”, but rather “reflecting, talking about their experiences” in the time after the series finale, which aired in 2004.
Additionally, the Friends cast has been rather active on social media, with Matthew Perry recently posting a cryptic Tweet about some “big news coming.”
A few hours later, Perry annoucned that he had joined Instagram, which also attracted the attention of not only his many fans, but also his co-stars Aniston, Cox and Kudrow, all of whom expressed their delight at seeing the last of the cast finally create an account.
We’re hoping that Perry’s Instagram account wasn’t the only “big news” he’s teasing. After the show’s 25th anniversary just last year, why wouldn’t there be?
For now, episodes of Friends are still available to binge on Netflix if you’re outside the US.
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