While we still have a few months to go before HBO Max launches with not only the Friends series library but also the recently-confirmed cast reunion, Courteney Cox is already letting her excitement show. Hiking with actor-comedian Kevin Nealon as a guest on his YouTube show Hiking with Kevin, Cox revealed that one of the best parts about the special is that it gets the entire gang back together for only the third time since the show ended (in 2004):
"The exciting thing is that we're going to all get together for the first time in a room and actually talk about the show. … And I'm so excited, we're going to have the best time. It's going to be great. We really haven't all done that and actually sat there and talked about and reminisced about this incredible experience that we had. It's going to be fantastic."
As for the "Land of Make Believe" idea of a next-gen Friends reboot, Cox has one name in mind when it comes to a "nu-Joey" and this Little Women and soon-to-be Dune star wasn't exactly the name we were expecting: "Timothee Chalamet could be Joey [Tribbiani]. He's so great."
You can watch the entire episode of Hiking with Kevin here:
Set to be filmed on the original series' Stage 24 of the Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank, the special will feature Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer, as well as series creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman. Ben Winston is set to direct, and executive produce alongside Aniston, Cox, Kudrow, LeBlanc, Perry, Schwimmer, Crane, Kauffman, and Kevin Bright. Emma Conway and James Longman will co-exec produce. Warner Bros. Unscripted & Alternative TV serves as the studio, with Fulwell 73 Productions also attached to the project.
WarnerMedia Entertainment and direct-to-consumer chairman Bob Greenblatt was said to be instrumental in making the deal happen, seeing the special as a great way to not only promote the Friends library but also the streaming service's debut. The cast is reportedly being paid a group-negotiated fee of between $2.5 million and $3 million per for their involvement.
"Guess you could call this the one where they all got back together — we are reuniting with David, Jennifer, Courteney, Matt, Lisa, and Matthew for an HBO Max special that will be programmed alongside the entire Friends library. I became aware of Friends when it was in the very early stages of development and then had the opportunity to work on the series many years later and have delighted in seeing it catch on with viewers generation after generation. It taps into an era when friends — and audiences — gathered together in real time and we think this reunion special will capture that spirit, uniting original and new fans."
– Kevin Reilly, CCO, HBO Max; President, TBS/TNT/truTV