‘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.

The Wall Street Journal reported HBO Max is trying to make the special happen as an exclusive feature on the upcoming streamer.

However, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer reportedly rejected an offer of $1 million each to appear β€” 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 β€” but rather a retrospective style production.

HBO Max won the streaming rights to “Friends” β€” 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.