Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer will return to the original “Mates” soundstage, Stage 24, on the Warner Bros. Studio whole lot in Burbank to rejoice the extensive-managing sequence, which finished its operate in 2004.
Sources near to the scenario tell Range the 6 stars will receive at minimum $2.five million apiece for participating in the exclusive.
The reunion has been hotly expected, with speculation about the HBO Max special swirling given that last fall, just months soon after the WarnerMedia-created SVOD system nabbed the streaming legal rights to the present from Netflix in a offer with Warner Bros. Tv. All 10 seasons of the comedy left Netflix at the stop of 2019, meaning that “Friends” has therefore significantly not been available to stream in the U.S. this calendar calendar year — at minimum, not right until HBO Max launches in May.
The specific, as well as all 236 episodes of “Friends,” will be out there upon the streaming service’s debut. They will no question be a higher-profile aspect of HBO Max’s enchantment as it attempts to entice subscribers. While the sitcom aired its collection finale about 15 yrs back, third-party marketplace scientists have claimed “Friends” was just one of Netflix’s most-watched exhibits. And as previously noted, Warner Bros. Home Leisure instructed Range that profits of bodily and digital variations of “Friends” have “roughly tripled” since information broke that it would be leaving Netflix.
“Guess you could call this the a single exactly where they all bought back with each other — we are reuniting with David, Jennifer, Courteney, Matt, Lisa, and Matthew for an HBO Max exclusive that will be programmed along with the whole ‘Friends’ library,” mentioned Kevin Reilly, chief content material officer at HBO Max and president of TBS, TNT, and truTV, in a assertion. “I became informed of ‘Friends’ when it was in the quite early levels of progress and then had the possibility to do the job on the collection lots of several years afterwards and have delighted in viewing it capture on with viewers generation right after technology. It faucets into an period when friends – and audiences – gathered with each other in genuine time and we consider this reunion unique will capture that spirit, uniting primary and new enthusiasts.”
Ben Winston will direct the distinctive and government generate together with “Friends” govt producers Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffman and David Crane. Warner Bros. Unscripted & Different Tv and Fulwell 73 Productions are driving the software. Aniston, Cox, Kudrow, LeBlanc, Perry, and Schwimmer are also govt developing the specific, with Emma Conway and James Longman on board as co-executive producers.
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