‘Friends’ Is Forking Out $30 Million To Bring The Gang Back For A 25 Year Reunion
IT IS TIME, PEOPLE. Our favourite NYC friends are getting back together!
According to Deadline, we will see Chandler, Monica, Rachel, Ross, Joey and Phoebe back on our screens for an hour-long special.
Recently celebrating its 25th anniversary since debuting, the iconic series Friends will reassemble for an unscripted episode to help launch the streaming service HBO Max.
Warner Bros. TV is also looking to book some big-name comedians to jump on board including Ellen DeGeneres, Dave Chapelle and Chris Rock, pushing their talent budget to a cool US$20 million, or close to AU$30 million.
The news comes after Matthew Perry, or Chandler Bing, recently tweeted “Big news coming…” which sent the Internet into a meltdown.
Big news coming...
— matthew perry (@MatthewPerry) February 5, 2020
However, in September last year, show creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane told the Tribeca TV Festival there was no possibility of a reunion.
“We will not be doing a reunion show, we will not be doing a reboot,” Kauffman said. “The show was about that time in life when friends are your family,” she said.
“It’s not going to beat what we did,” Kauffman added.
The Wall Street Journal reports the special will be “a retrospective and interviews with the cast” rather than a follow-up in-the-future episode.
It’ll be the first time in 16 years that the full cast will appear together on television.
It’s amazing how timeless this series continues to be with the world collectively frothing over every update regardless of its 25-year vintage.
Goes to show the power of great television!
- Tait McGregor
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