Friends reunion special with original cast is reportedly in works; to be streamed at HBO Max

Friends, which aired on September 22, 1994, was a phenomenon during its 10-year run and later went on to find cult status TV reruns and Netflix.

Press Trust of India November 15, 2019 11:01:15 IST
Friends reunion special with original cast is reportedly in works; to be streamed at HBO Max

Friends is coming back with the core six stars and the creators of the popular sitcom for an unscripted reunion special at HBO Max. Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that the original team from Warner Bros TV is in negotiations to reunite on HBO's streaming platform.

The news comes in the 25th anniversary year of the beloved NBC series, starring Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer, along with series creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman.

Friends reunion special with original cast is reportedly in works to be streamed at HBO Max

American sitcom Friends is a huge part of pop culture and is often remembered for it's relatable storyline as six friends try to get through life in New York | File Image

Insiders said agreements with cast and creatives still need to be ironed out. When and if deals are sealed, the challenge will be to manage everyone's schedules.

HBO Max and producers WBTV declined comment.

The show, that aired on September 22, 1994, was a phenomenon during its 10-year run and later went on to find cult status with new audiences through TV reruns and Netflix.

Friends officially leaves the streaming platform at year-end and will make WarnerMedia Entertainment-backed HBO Max its new home.

According to sources, WarnerMedia and direct-to-consumer chairman Bob Greenblatt has been the driving force behind the reunion.

Once a while, devout fans launch online petitions to bring the series back, but to no avail, until now it seems.

Over the years, the cast and creators maintained a 'no-reunion' stand. However, Friends executive producer Kevin S Bright revealed last October that the team was painfully close to having an official reunion, but it wasn't meant to be.

NBC staged a mini reunion in 2016 to honour legendary director and producer James Burrows.

After much 'will-they-won't-they?', one of the stars, Aniston, last month said she was planning to do "something" with her Friends co-stars.

"We would love for there to be something, but we don't know what that something is. So we're just trying. We're working on something," she had said.

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