The Friends Reunion is Expected to Make Almost $500 Million. For Just One Episode.
Rumours of Friends reunion have been around for months, ever since Jennifer Aniston announced she had joined Instagram with a picture of the six main cast members together, along with the caption, "And now we’re Instagram friends too. Hi Instagram."
But they've always been just rumours with a little bit of wishful thinking. That was until two days ago, when we had actual confirmation of an official reunion. The six main cast members, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Matt Le Blanc and Matthew Perry all took to Instagram to announce the news in matching posts.
Reportedly, the reunion will be an unscripted special one-off worth a potential £350 million ($455 million)—making it the most lucrative one-off in television history. But according to The Sun there is hope that the reunion show will lead to a series reboot, which could be "TV’s inaugural billion-pound contract."
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Yep, you read that right. Execs apparently estimate and hope that a full 12-episode series reboot could be worth a colossal $1 billion (£771 million), which is a lot of pizza for Joey.
For the reunion special alone, Deadline reported that the original gang would make $3 million to $4 million each.
At the moment, the cast have only agreed to shoot the one-off—the first in 15 years since the show ended—so a series reboot is still very much a pipe dream. But then, so was the reunion just a few months ago.
This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by Esquiremag.ph editors.