Friends star Matthew Perry became the last of the Central Perk crew to join Instagram over the weekend, garnering a warm welcome from many of his fans and castmates including an infamous throwback clip from Jennifer Aniston. While the question was raised if there could be any more exciting news for one of television’s favorite sitcoms, the confirmation came in the form of yet another hint that we may be watching a Friends reunion sooner than we may have originally thought.
Although months of interviews and group selfies alluded to an unscripted special to debut on HBO Max—appearing even more likely when its parent company WarnerMedia acquired the rights from Netflix to stream the 90s series—recent reports show that the six original stars are in the final stages of talks for the hour-long reunion and just deciding on the individual salaries ranging between AED 8.2 to 9.1 million.
Set to be “a retrospective and interviews with the cast” instead of a new taping, according to The Wall Street Journal, Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc, and Perry—along with the original creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane—are all still expected to have some role in the one-off episode.
The world celebrated the 25th anniversary of the hit program in September with a traveling Couch Tour of the iconic coffeeshop set appearing in Dubai, London, New York, Madrid, Tokyo, and Delhi, among other major cities. The Dubai Fountain also displayed a special performance synced to the show’s theme song I’ll Be There For You, complete with an LED light show on the Burj Khalifa.
With HBO Max planning to launch in May, one can only hope the reunion will be one of the first pieces of entertainment to appear on the upcoming streaming platform.