This is not a drill. We repeat, this is not a drill: A Friends reunion special is reportedly being developed by Warner Bros. yet-to-launch streaming service, HBO Max. (HBO Max will, of course, be the home for all 10 original seasons of Friends when it leaves Netflix at the end of the year.)
The Hollywood Reporter says talks are underway with all six original cast members—Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer—as well as the show’s creators, David Crane and Marta Kauffman. THR notes that a deal is far from done, so everyone keep your fingers crossed.
Also, this is not a reboot, but an unscripted reunion. So it’s good to manage your expectations on that front, too. We aren’t going to see what’s happened to Ross and Rachel over the years or how Chandler and Monica’s twins turned out—though I’d hope those would be topics for discussion when the whole cast is back together again.
While various cast members, and Aniston in particular, have been pretty steadfast in saying that a reboot is not happening, she recently hinted at a project—and perhaps this is it. “We would love for there to be something,” she told Ellen DeGeneres. “But we don’t know what that something is. So we’re just trying. We’re working on something.” And a few months before that she said, “Listen, I told you this: I would do it. The girls would do it. And the boys would do it, I’m sure.”
And the Friends cast has been spending time together lately. Aniston launched her Instagram with a photo of the six of them having dinner, and Cox recently posted a photo of her and Perry after a lunch date.
It may not be the reboot many fans have been clamoring for, but we’ll take it—and likely love it.