According to reports the stars of the hit show Friends have reportedly reached an agreement with Warner Bros to reunite for an hour-long special on HBO Max. 

Cast members Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry will each be paid in the $3m-$4m (R44m-R59m) range for appearing in the special, according to Deadline. The total amount spent on talent is said to be around $20m (R296m).

Original Friends co-creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane are expected to have some involvement. 

Speculation that a Friends reunion was in the works was reignited on 5 February after Matthew Perry tweeted: “Big news coming”. 

Friends fans have long been demanding a reunion. In response to Perry’s tweet, one fan wrote: “Reunion??? Its 2020 and everyone including Emma has woken up from their nap!!!”

Another pleaded: “Don’t play with my feelings like this.”

The suspicion that Friends might return to screens began last October when Jennifer Aniston Instagrammed a photo with the rest of her costars enjoying dinner.

Later in the month, Aniston told The Ellen Show that she was “working on something” with her former Friends cast members.

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Then in December, Aniston stoked up yet more speculation after insisting to People magazine that though she knows “nothing” about the production of a reboot, she and the rest of the cast are trying to make it happen: “And I will just continue with… we’re trying.”

The actor continued: “It’s a never-ending question, isn’t it? What else could make a group of six actors feel more proud?

“It’s bringing people joy on a daily basis.”

Matthew Perry recently became the final Friends star to join Instagram.