After lots of discussions, speculation, and negotiations, a Friends reunion special is actually going to happen and the full cast is set to return. The untitled unscripted special will be coming to HBO Max and Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer will return to the original Friends soundstage, Stage 24, on the Warner Bros. Studio Lot.
According to Variety the six stars will each receive at least $2.5 million for participating. That’s gotta be the easiest $2.5 money they’ve ever made! Kevin Reilly, chief content officer at HBO Max and president of TBS, TNT, and truTV, said in a statement:
“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. 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.”
There’s no doubt that fans of Friends will be ecstatic about this news. I loved Friends, I’m a fan, and maybe it’ll be fun to see the gang back together after all these years.
The reunion special, as well as all 236 episodes of Friends, will be available when HBO Max debuts. Ben Winston will direct the special and executive produce alongside Friends executive producers Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffman and David Crane.