The unscripted Friends reunion special would feature Jennifer Aniston (Rachel), Courteney Cox (Monica), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe), Matt LeBlanc (Joey), Matthew Perry (Chandler) and David Schwimmer (Ross), as well as series creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman. The trade adds that a deal is far from done and agreements are still being worked on.
Back in July, WarnerMedia announced it had landed the exclusive streaming rights to all 236 episodes of Friends, one of the biggest hits on television and in streaming, for HBO Max. The reunion special would be a good kick-off to the debut of the show on the new streaming service.
WarnerMedia reportedly paid $85 million per year for the series for five years, for a total of $425 million.
In October, Jennifer Aniston was a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and revealed something was in the works, but added that it wasn’t a revival. “Would love for there to be something, but we don’t know what that something is,” she said. “So we’re just trying. We’re working on something.”
Friends was created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman and aired for 10 seasons on NBC from 1994 to 2004. The show revolved around six friends and made stars out of its ensemble — Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer. The series was produced by Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television.
HBO Max is WarnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer service debuting in spring 2020. With 10,000 hours of curated premium content anticipated at launch, HBO Max will bring together HBO, a robust slate of new original series, key third-party licensed programs and movies, and fan favorites from Warner Bros., New Line, DC Entertainment, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, The CW, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, Looney Tunes and more.