The hotly anticipated Friends reunion special was meant to launch on day one of WarnerMedia’s new streaming service HBO Max, but ended up delayed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, WarnerMedia’s Bob Greenblatt has indicated that the plan is to film the reunion by the end of summer, Variety reported.
Like many companies, TimeWarner hadn’t expected the lockdown situation to last as long as it has, but is now starting to put plans in place for production again. When the Friends reunion is filmed, however, Greenblatt has said they want to do it properly as much as possible. With over 15 years since the cast has filmed an episode together, there’s no wonder this reunion is such a big deal to both TimeWarner and fans.
“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,” Greenblatt told Variety. “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.”
However, it seems like there is a point where virtual options will be explored, if the reunion is “delayed too long.” “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,” Greenblat said.
HBO Max is set to launch on May 27, and will feature every episode of the original Friends, meaning you now have time to get caught up before the reunion.