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‘Friends’ reunion special in the works for HBO

A special reunion episode of iconic sitcom Friends is in the early planning stages as part of the forthcoming WarnerMedia streamer platform.

According to close sources over at Variety, all the original Friends stars David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry are all confirmed.

Co-creators of the show, David Crane and Marta Kauffman, are also said to be involved in the reunion creation which, as of yet, remains unscripted.

The plans are said to coincide with the recent news that streaming service HBO Max has landed the rights to all 236 episodes, meaning that Friends will no longer be streaming over on Netflix from May 2020.

The news of a special reunion comes in a major U-turn for Kauffman who previously explained that there are “several reasons” why a comeback simply wouldn’t work.

“One, the show is about a time in your life when your friends are your family. It’s not that time anymore,” she said. “All we’d be doing is putting those six actors back together, but the heart of the show would be gone.”

Detailing further, Kauffman said any potential reunion would only destroy the legacy left behind, saying it “could only disappoint for adding that it would likely be labelled “The One Where Everyone’s Disappointed.”