Warner Bros is finalising deals with the cast of ‘Friends’ for a reunion special that will likely be used to launch the HBO Max streaming service this spring, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.
There have been media reports about a potential reunion since Jennifer Aniston, who portrayed Rachel in the hit sitcom series, hinted that something might be underway.
The Journal reported that under terms being discussed, each of the six ‘Friends’ cast members Aniston, Matt LeBlanc (Joey), Courtney Cox (Monica), Matthew Perry (Chandler), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe) and David Schwimmer (Ross) would receive between US$2.25 million and $2.5 million.
Hollywood website Deadline said the stars will be paid between $3 million-$4 million for an unscripted reunion special.
As it stands, the special could air in a matter of months and be used to launch the HBO Max streaming service, run by Warner Bros. which also owns the rights to Friends.
Max secured the rights to all 10 seasons of ‘Friends’ for its streaming scheduled to launch in April in the US.
The series has found a new life on Netflix where it was the second most-watched show in 2018.
Last year, Aniston spoke to talk show host Ellen DeGeneres about a possible new ‘Friends’ project saying: “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.”
Aniston’s selfie with her Friends co-stars Cox, Kudrow, LeBlanc, Perry and Schwimmer set a Guinness World Record for the fastest to reach 1 million followers, pointing out how hugely popular the show continues to be.