After months of speculation, it seems as though a “Friends” reunion special will be coming to forthcoming streaming platform HBO Max, according to Fox News.
The six stars of the hit NBC sitcom appear to be on board to join an hour-long retrospective special of the series, Fox reported.
The possibility of a “Friends” reunion has been discussed for some time, according to Vanity Fair. But not all of the news was necessarily positive.
“There is interest all around and yet we can’t get the interests all alighted to push the button on it,” HBO Max chief creative officer Kevin O’Reilly said in January, according to Vanity Fair, adding, “Today it’s just maybe.”
Still, the news has not been made official. A representative for HBO told Fox that reports on the special are “not confirmed.”
However, “Friends” fans had begun speculating earlier this week that news about the awaited reunion special was coming after star Matthew Perry tweeted a “cryptic” message on Tuesday, according to People magazine.
“Big news coming...” Perry tweeted, without further elaboration.
Big news coming...— matthew perry (@MatthewPerry) February 5, 2020
In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres in October, Jennifer Aniston denied reports of a “Friends” reboot, but said “we would love for there to be something, but we don’t know what that something is,” according to Vanity Fair.
The six main stars of the series are expected to receive between $2.25 million and $2.5 million for appearing in the HBO Max special, according to The Wall Street Journal.
WarnerMedia outbid Netflix for the rights to the full series of “Friends,” which will send the series to HBO Max, which will debut in the spring, for the next five years, The Wall Street Journal reported.
“The high cost of getting the cast of “Friends” together is indicative of how much WarnerMedia thinks the reruns as well as a reunion special will help serve as a giant promotional and marketing tool,” according to The Wall Street Journal.