It is official and sealed. What seemed to be impossible as constantly stated by the lead cast of iconic show, Friends is now officially possible and happening too.
The six core stars - Courtney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer will reunite together for a one-off special that has been confirmed for HBO Max.
The unscripted reunion special will see the lead cast as well as series creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the cast, who all negotiated together, will earn more than double their former per-episode fee for the reunion and be paid between $2.5 million and $3 million for the special. The cast famously renegotiated their salaries together during the show's original run to earn a then-historic $1 million per episode of the scripted comedy.
The special, along with the entire library of Friends, will be available in May when HBO Max officially launches.
The Friends reunion immediately provides the kind of must-see TV that an upstart streaming service like HBO Max would want. It will be filmed on Stage 24 of the Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank, where the entire series was filmed. Ben Winston will direct and exec produce alongside Friends alums Kevin Bright, Kauffman and Crane. Warner Bros. Unscripted & Alternative TV is the studio, with Fulwell 73 Productions also attached. All six stars will also exec produce. Emma Conway and James Longman will co-exec produce.
"Guess you could call this the one where they all got back together — we are reuniting with David, Jennifer, Courteney, Matt, Lisa and Matthew for an HBO Max special that will be programmed alongside the entire Friends library,” said Kevin Reilly, chief content officer at HBO Max and president, TBS, TNT and truTV. “I became aware of Friends when it was in the very early stages of development and then had the opportunity to work on the series many years later and have delighted in seeing it catch on with viewers generation after generation. It taps into an era when friends — and audiences — gathered together in real time and we think this reunion special will capture that spirit, uniting original and new fans."
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