A ‘Friends’ Reunion Is In Development at HBO Max
People still love Friends. Netflix reportedly paid in the neighborhood of $100 million for the rights to Friends just for the calendar year of 2019. When HBO Max, WarnerMedia’s streaming service, launches next year, it will become the exclusive streaming home of Friends, and the reports are they paid “$85 million per year for five years” for the show. That’s $425 million for a show that hasn’t produced a new episode in 15 years.
Apparently HBO Max doesn’t want to stop there, either. Per The Hollywood Reporter, they are trying to reconvene the original stars and creators of Friends for a reunion, which would be the first of its kind outside of Jennifer Aniston’s Instagram feed. Here’s how the project they described:
Talks are currently underway for an unscripted reunion special that would feature Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer, as well as series creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman. Sources caution that a deal is far from done and agreements with cast and creatives still need to be hammered out. When and if deals are completed, the challenge then becomes sorting out everyone's schedules. Of course, the talks could fizzle and the whole concept could fall apart.
Given the outrageous sums of money getting thrown around for old Friends, you can only imagine what HBO Max will have to pay for New Friends, even if the show is just a reunion where they sit around and talk about their lives and stuff. That also means there’s a chance the price gets so high they aren’t willing to pay it, and this thing doesn’t come together. If it does, it would make a big selling point for HBO Max, which is going to need some marquee titles to compete with Netflix, Hulu, and now Disney+.
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