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Friends reunion special currently in the works at HBO Max streaming service

Twenty five years after those six iconic small screen Friends debuted on NBC, it seems they are getting back together again.

The Hollywood Reporter reveals that talks are under way for a Friends reunion special that would bring back all six main cast members – Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry and Matt LeBlanc – plus creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman.

Sources stress that no deals are in place at this time, but the fact that all of the cast members and creators are willing to come together again is a big step forward.

Broken Internet: The cast of Friends are in talks to reunite just weeks after Jennifer Aniston shared a photo of her reuniting with the rest of her co-stars - Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry and Matt LeBlanc - as her first official photo on Instagram

Broken Internet: The cast of Friends are in talks to reunite just weeks after Jennifer Aniston shared a photo of her reuniting with the rest of her co-stars – Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry and Matt LeBlanc – as her first official photo on Instagram

If and when the deals for the cast and creators get finalized, then they will have to sort out the schedules for all six stars and the creators, which could be tricky to say the least.

The news comes less than a month after Jennifer Aniston shared a photo of her reuniting with the rest of her Friends co-stars as her first official photo on Instagram.

HBO Max and Warner Bros. Television refused to comment on the report, but it comes just months after HBO Max secured a deal for the original Friends series.

Reunited: The reunion would come 25 years after those six iconic small screen Friends debuted on NBC

Reunited: The reunion would come 25 years after those six iconic small screen Friends debuted on NBC

Friends, which aired 10 seasons on NBC from 1994 to 2004, had been streaming in its entirety on Netflix since January 2015.

However, it was reported in July that the new WarnerMedia streaming service HBO Max had obtained the rights to Friends, outbidding Netflix for the coveted rights, with the show leaving Netflix at the end of 2019 and HBO Max slated to launch in May 2020.

HBO Max paid $85 million per year in a five-year deal for the streaming rights worth $425 million, after Netflix had paid a sum between $80 million and $100 million to keep Friends on their service for all of 2019.

10 seasons: Friends, which aired 10 seasons on NBC from 1994 to 2004, had been streaming in its entirety on Netflix since January 2015

10 seasons: Friends, which aired 10 seasons on NBC from 1994 to 2004, had been streaming in its entirety on Netflix since January 2015

Sources claim that WarnerMedia Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt was a ‘driving force’ in pushing for the Friends reunion.

The cast and creators have been adamant over the years that a reunion or a reboot would never happen.

Aniston revealed in October on Howard Stern’s Sirius XM radio show that a reboot, ‘won’t be even close to as good what it was,’ and it, ‘would ruin’ the original.

Driving force: Sources claim that WarnerMedia Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt was a 'driving force' in pushing for the Friends reunion

Driving force: Sources claim that WarnerMedia Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt was a ‘driving force’ in pushing for the Friends reunion

She did seem more amenable to a reunion, though, telling Ellen in June that, ‘I would do it,’ and she thought the rest would be on board too.

‘The girls would do it. And the boys would do it, I’m sure,’ Aniston said at the time, though nothing was set in stone about a reunion at the time.

She even hinted that something was brewing between the cast, adding, ‘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.’

Big reunion: She did seem more amenable to a reunion, though, telling Ellen in June that, 'I would do it,' and she thought the rest would be on board too

Big reunion: She did seem more amenable to a reunion, though, telling Ellen in June that, ‘I would do it,’ and she thought the rest would be on board too

Perhaps the most surprising element to this reunion is creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman coming aboard, since they emphatically stated just months earlier it would not happen.

‘We will not be doing a reunion show, we will not be doing a reboot. The show was about that time in life when friends are your family,’ said Marta Kauffman at the Tribeca TV Festival.

David Crane added, ‘We did the show we wanted to do. We got it right, and we put a bow on it.’

Reunion or no reunion: Perhaps the most surprising element to this reunion is creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman coming aboard, since they emphatically stated just months earlier it would not happen

Reunion or no reunion: Perhaps the most surprising element to this reunion is creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman coming aboard, since they emphatically stated just months earlier it would not happen

Reunion or no reunion: Perhaps the most surprising element to this reunion is creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman coming aboard, since they emphatically stated just months earlier it would not happen

A reunion of one of the most beloved sitcoms of all time would certainly be quite the boon for an upstart streaming service like HBO Max, though it’s still a long way from happening.

This also comes as Warner Bros. Television has been celebrating the 25th anniversary of the show’s debut with a number of events.

The celebration includes pop-ups of the Central Perk coffee shop the characters hung out at, special screenings and replica Friends couches popping up at random landmarks around the globe.

Brewing: She even hinted that something was brewing between the cast, adding, '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'

Brewing: She even hinted that something was brewing between the cast, adding, ‘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’

Reunited: A reunion of one of the most beloved sitcoms of all time would certainly be quite the boon for an upstart streaming service like HBO Max, though it's still a long way from happening

Reunited: A reunion of one of the most beloved sitcoms of all time would certainly be quite the boon for an upstart streaming service like HBO Max, though it’s still a long way from happening

 

Life After Friends: How the Friends Stars Moved On From the Sitcom

25 years after its debut, Friends still remains one of television’s most enduring sitcoms, and now the stars may be reuniting.

The Hollywood Reporter reported Tuesday that all six of the original Friends stars – Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc are in talks for a reunion special on HBO Max.

Since the show turned these rising stars into household names, we’re exploring their life after the hit show, which ran for 10 seasons.

Reunited: 25 years after its debut, Friends still remains one of television's most enduring sitcoms, and now the stars may be reuniting

Reunited: 25 years after its debut, Friends still remains one of television’s most enduring sitcoms, and now the stars may be reuniting

COURTENEY COX

Cox had already parlayed her frame on the small screen to a burgeoning big screen career during the show, starring in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, the first three Scream movies and 3000 Miles to Graceland during Friends’ run.

After Friends went off the air in 2004, she returned to the big screen in Zoom and The Tripper before returning to the small screen in Dirt.

The FX series aired for just two seasons between 2007 and 2008, after which she reunited with Lisa Kudrow on three episodes of Web Therapy in 2009 before starring on ABC’s Cougar Town.

Big screen: Cox had already parlayed her frame on the small screen to a burgeoning big screen career during the show, starring in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, the first three Scream movies and 3000 Miles to Graceland during Friends' run

Big screen: Cox had already parlayed her frame on the small screen to a burgeoning big screen career during the show, starring in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, the first three Scream movies and 3000 Miles to Graceland during Friends’ run

She starred in Cougar Town for all of its six season run between 2009 and 2015, the first four of which were on ABC and the last two on TBS.

After Cougar Town went off the air, Cox has acted sparingly, starring in one movie, 2016’s Mothers and Daughters, with guest-starring spots in Shameless and Drunk History.

She has been keeping busy as a producer, though, executive producing Celebrity Name Game and the Facebook Watch series 9 Months With Courteney Cox.

Aniston also used her Friends fame to kickstart a movie career, starring in She's The One and Dream For an Insomniac in 1996

Aniston also used her Friends fame to kickstart a movie career, starring in She’s The One and Dream For an Insomniac in 1996

 JENNIFER ANISTON

Aniston also used her Friends fame to kickstart a movie career, starring in She’s The One and Dream For an Insomniac in 1996.

She followed that up with Picture Perfect ant ‘Til There Was You in 1997, The Thin Pink Line and The Object of My Affection in 1998 and a pair of cult classics in 1999, Office Space and The Iron Giant, plus providing her voice for a South Park episode.

As the show continued, she still continued working steadily in film, starring in 2001’s Rock Star, 2002’s The Good Girl, 2003’s Bruce Almighty and 2004’s Along Came Polly.

Movie career: Aniston also used her Friends fame to kickstart a movie career, starring in She's The One and Dream For an Insomniac in 1996

Movie career: Aniston also used her Friends fame to kickstart a movie career, starring in She’s The One and Dream For an Insomniac in 1996

After Friends went off the air, she focused solely on movies from then on out, until just recently, except for the occasional guest starring spot that often became a Friends reunion.

She also mixed it up with some genre fare as well, including the 2005 thriller Derailed along with the 2006 indie comedy Friends With Money and guest starring on Courteney Cox’s show Dirt in 2007.

She also guest-starred on Cox’s Cougar Town in 2010, between movies such as 2008’s Marley and Me, 2009’s He’s Not Just Into You, 2009’s Love Happens, 2010’s The Bounty Hunter, 2010’s The Switch and 2011’s Just Go With It and Horrible Bosses.

Reunion: After Friends went off the air, she focused solely on movies from then on out, until just recently, except for the occasional guest starring spot that often became a Friends reunion

Reunion: After Friends went off the air, she focused solely on movies from then on out, until just recently, except for the occasional guest starring spot that often became a Friends reunion

She also starred in 2012’s Wanderlust, 2013’s We’re the Millers and Life of Crime, 2014’s Cake and Horrible Bosses 2, 2016’s Mother’s Day, Storks and Office Christmas Party, 2017’s The Yellow Bird and 2018’s Dumplin’

Earlier this year, she reunited with her Just Go With It star Adam Sandler in Netflix’s Murder Mystery, and she returned to the small screen just days ago with Apple TV Plus’ The Morning Show, alongside Reese Witherspoon.

She’ll next be seen on the big screen in The Fixer, based on the life of Denise White, a former Miss USA contestant who became a dominant figure in the world of sports management.

Coming soon: She'll next be seen on the big screen in The Fixer, based on the life of Denise White, a former Miss USA contestant who became a dominant figure in the world of sports management

Coming soon: She’ll next be seen on the big screen in The Fixer, based on the life of Denise White, a former Miss USA contestant who became a dominant figure in the world of sports management

LISA KUDROW

Kudrow’s post-Friend’s career trajectory was much different than her female co-stars but she still continued to work regularly in many different mediums.

She also had hit movies during her Friends tenure like the 1997 cult classic Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion and the 1998 indie The Opposite of Sex.

She also voiced Aphrodite in the Disney animated series Hercules, plus characters on King of the Hill and Blues Clues.

Trajectory: Kudrow's post-Friend's career trajectory was much different than her female co-stars but she still continued to work regularly in many different mediums

Trajectory: Kudrow’s post-Friend’s career trajectory was much different than her female co-stars but she still continued to work regularly in many different mediums

After Friends went off the air, she continued starring in movies (2005’s Happy Endings) and continuing voice work (2005’s Hopeless Pictures and 2006’s American Dad).

But she also started pursuing other creative endeavors, creating and starring in HBO’s The Comeback.

She also created Web Therapy, which started as a web series before it was picked up by Showtime, where it aired for four seasons. 

Friend: After Friends went off the air, she continued starring in movies (2005's Happy Endings) and continuing voice work (2005's Hopeless Pictures and 2006's American Dad)

Friend: After Friends went off the air, she continued starring in movies (2005’s Happy Endings) and continuing voice work (2005’s Hopeless Pictures and 2006’s American Dad)

She then starred in a string of movies like 2007’s Kabluey and P.S. I Love You, 2009’s Bandslam and Paper Man, 2010’s Easy A, 2014’s Neighbors and its 2016 sequel Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, 2017’s The Girl on the Train and Boss Baby and guest spots on Grace and Frankie and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Earlier this year, she starred in a pair of comedies, Long Shot and the indie hit Booksmart.

She also lends her voice to the series Human Discoveries and has a number of TV projects in various stages of production.

New roles: Earlier this year, she starred in a pair of comedies, Long Shot and the indie hit Booksmart

New roles: Earlier this year, she starred in a pair of comedies, Long Shot and the indie hit Booksmart

MATTHEW PERRY 

Perry was also quick to jump into the movies while Friends was on the air, starring in 1997’s Fools Rush In, 1998’s Almost Heroes, 1999’s Three to Tango, 2000’s The Whole Nine Yards, 2002’s Serving Sara and 2004’s The Whole Ten Yards when the show was airing.

He played innovative teacher Ron Clark in the 2006 TV movie The Ron Clark Story, before returning to the small screen in the short-lived NBC series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip for creator Aaron Sorkin.

He returned to the big screen in 2008’s Birds in America and 2009’s 17 Again alongside rising star Zac Efron before returning to TV.

Movie jump: Perry was also quick to jump into the movies while Friends was on the air, starring in 1997's Fools Rush In, 1998's Almost Heroes, 1999's Three to Tango, 2000's The Whole Nine Yards, 2002's Serving Sara and 2004's The Whole Ten Yards when the show was airing

Movie jump: Perry was also quick to jump into the movies while Friends was on the air, starring in 1997’s Fools Rush In, 1998’s Almost Heroes, 1999’s Three to Tango, 2000’s The Whole Nine Yards, 2002’s Serving Sara and 2004’s The Whole Ten Yards when the show was airing

He starred in the short-lived Mr. Sunshine (which he also created) in 2011 and Go On in 2012, both of which ran for just one season apiece.

He reunited with Cox in an episode of Cougar Town before starring in The Odd Couple (which he also created), which ran two seasons from 2015 to 2017. 

He has most recently been seen in a recurring arc on The Good Fight and the mini-series The Kennedys After Camelot in 2017. 

Short-lived: He starred in the short-lived Mr. Sunshine (which he also created) in 2011 and Go On in 2012, both of which ran for just one season apiece

Short-lived: He starred in the short-lived Mr. Sunshine (which he also created) in 2011 and Go On in 2012, both of which ran for just one season apiece

MATT LEBLANC 

LeBlanc was the only Friends cast-mate to get a TV spin-off, Joey, which ran from 2004 to 2006, but after that went off the air, he took a long acting hiatus.

He served as an executive producer on the 2010 film Jonah Hex before returning to acting in 2011 with the hit Showtime series Episodes.

Episodes, where he essentially plays a version of himself and was co-created by Friends creator David Crane, ran for five seasons from 2011 to 2017. 

He currently stars on the CBS sitcom Man With a Plan, which has been airing since 2016. 

Spin-off: LeBlanc was the only Friends cast-mate to get a TV spin-off, Joey, which ran from 2004 to 2006, but after that went off the air, he took a long acting hiatus

Spin-off: LeBlanc was the only Friends cast-mate to get a TV spin-off, Joey, which ran from 2004 to 2006, but after that went off the air, he took a long acting hiatus

DAVID SCHWIMMER

Schwimmer continued acting after Friends went off the air, but he focused most of his efforts on a career behind the camera.

He directed two episodes of the Joey spin-off before making his feature film debut with the 2017 comedy Run, Fatboy, Run, starring Simon Pegg.

He also directed six episodes of Little Britain USA before returning to the big screen with the 2010 movie Trust and the 2014 pilot for Growing Up Fischer.

Director: Schwimmer continued acting after Friends went off the air, but he focused most of his efforts on a career behind the camera

Director: Schwimmer continued acting after Friends went off the air, but he focused most of his efforts on a career behind the camera

Schwimmer also voiced Melvin in all of the Madagascar movies and starred in 2008’s Nothing But the Truth, 2012’s The Iceman and John Carter, and reunited with Lisa Kudrow on 2012 episodes of Web Therapy.

He won rave reviews for playing Robert Kardashian in the 2016 FX series American Crime Story and played Noah Broader in NBC’s Will & Grace.

He currently stars in The Laundromat alongside Meryl Streep, which debuted on Netflix in October. 

Stars: Schwimmer also voiced Melvin in all of the Madagascar movies and starred in 2008's Nothing But the Truth, 2012's The Iceman and John Carter, and reunited with Lisa Kudrow on 2012 episodes of Web Therapy

Stars: Schwimmer also voiced Melvin in all of the Madagascar movies and starred in 2008’s Nothing But the Truth, 2012’s The Iceman and John Carter, and reunited with Lisa Kudrow on 2012 episodes of Web Therapy

 

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