Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer are reuniting.
The former Friends cast were confirmed yesterday for a reunion special for WarnerMedia’s upcoming streaming service, HBO Max, which launches in the US in May.
All six will gather on the original sound stage on the Warner Bros. lot where the series was filmed, with creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane and Kevin Bright. The six stars will receive at least US$2.5 million each for participating in the special.
But the special will not see them recreate their characters in a storyline.
“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. “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.”
Friends has remained a monster hit through streaming, with WarnerMedia recently pulling the show from Netflix ahead of its HBO Max launch, at a cost of US$425m for five years.
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