HBO Max is about to launch in two weeks, and it’s supposed to drop the much-awaited Friends reunion. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic that stops everything people are doing, it also affects the show’s production.
Warner Bros. and people behind the production of Friends want to do the series’ return traditionally. They intend it to be an actual television event. Jennifer Aniston and the rest of the gang are set to reunite on the show’s original soundstage.
The conventional way of production
With the fame of the decade-long TV series, there’s a lot of money on the table for it. However, with the big stars’ talent fees already negotiated and the loss of possible earnings from Friends subscribers, it dramatically affects the network. Hence, they don’t want to do it virtually as much as possible.
“At first we thought, shows will be delayed for a month or two at the most,” WarnerMedia Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt told Variety. “Now, it seems like it’s going to be far longer than that.”
Greenblatt is eyeing to start the show’s production by the end of the summer, which is probably in September. If the circumstances permit, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc, and David Schwimmer will finally reunite on stage.
“We do think there’s a value to having a big, raucous live audience to experience these six great friends coming back together,” Greenblatt added. “We didn’t want to just suddenly do it on a web call with, you know, six squares and people shooting from their kitchens and bedrooms.”
However, if the stay-at-home order continues indefinitely, the Friends reunion may have no other option but to go virtually. So far, as the government’s order remains uncertain, they aim to do the reunion more conventionally.
“I think it’s worth waiting for,” Greenblatt teased. Although they also love to have it on HBO Max on the first day of its launch in the fall, it’s something that fans can look forward to in the meantime.
Possible production plan and release date
Now, Lainey Gossip noted that Warner Bros. plans to start Friends production by the end of the summer and has it launched in the fall. This may mark the show’s anniversary, which premiered on Sept. 22, 1994.
So far, there are no words if the special will be canceled, but it looks like it will never be the case. Jennifer Aniston and the rest of the cast are all scheduled to reunite for an unscripted reunion. Friends will, reportedly, film on Stage 23, its original soundstage at the Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank.
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