‘Friends’ reunion special may be headed to HBO Max as cast negotiations heat up
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A “Friends” reunion special is reportedly becoming closer to being a reality.
However, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer reportedly rejected an offer of $1 million each to appear — and countered with something between $2.25 and $2.5 million.
Deadline, meanwhile, reported the cast wants $3 to $4 million each.
So far there’s no official word on a deal, but Perry did tweet “Big news is coming” without an explanation.
It appears the cast is also using the “group negotiation” strategy that they started using after the show became a hit, ensuring that everyone’s salaries were equal.
By the end of the show’s run, each cast member was getting $1 million an episode plus negotiated significant backend deals from syndication and home video sales.
Most reports indicate that the special would not be a scripted comedy “where are they now” episode — but rather a retrospective style production.
HBO Max won the streaming rights to “Friends” — partially due to its parent company, WarnerMedia, owning the show’s studio, Warner Bros.
The show ran 10 years on NBC and will be a glaring omission from its streaming service, Peacock.