HBO have revealed that they are hoping to get the Friends reunion filmed by the end of the summer. After it was confirmed in February, the reunion was sadly postponed in March - when filming was due to start - because of the Coronavirus.
Although it was still planned to go ahead, there's been no word on when filming might continue... Until now!
WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-to-Consumer chairman Bob Greenblatt has given an update to Variety about when we can expect to see the one-off special.
"At first we thought, shows will be delayed for a month or two at the most, and now it seems like it’s going to be far longer than that," he admitted to the publication. "We’re holding out for being able to get this special done hopefully by the end of the summer, if the stars align and hopefully we can get back into production."
He also went on to say why the reunion would not be filmed from the actors' respective homes, as so many other TV shows have done, "We do think there’s a value to having a big, raucous live audience to experience these six great friends coming back together and 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.
"But at the moment, we’re trying to look to the future and get this thing done in a more conventional way, and I think it’s worth waiting for. We would have loved to have had it on HBO Max on Day One, but at the same time, if we can get it launched in the fall, I think it’ll be something that we can have the audience really looking forward to as well."
Reports first surfaced that the Friends reunion would be postponed due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) back in March. The one-hour special will see Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox, Matt Le Blanc, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston discussing the show.
The Hollywood Reporter reported that filming would not go ahead as planned on 23rd and 24th March, according to studio Warner Bros and home streaming service HBO Max.
The publication reported, "A formal filming date has not yet been determined as it's unclear when any programming will be able to resume production."
The cast members all announced the news on their Instagram profiles with the same photo back in February, tagging each other.