The highly anticipated “Friends” reunion special, previously delayed and set to air this month, could finish filming this summer.
Production on the one-time show for HBO Max has been suspended indefinitely in light of the current pandemic crisis, which is affecting many movie and television titles.
The unscripted special aired in accordance with the HBO Max release on May 27, after a two-day session with a live audience from March 23-24.
WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-to-Consumer President Bob Greenblatt explained to Variety: “At first we thought the shows would be delayed by a month or two at the most, and now it looks like it’s going to be much more than that.”
“We hope to be able to do this special hopefully by the end of the summer if the stars line up and we hope we can get back into production.”
Greenblatt emphasized the importance of having a live audience while filming such a meeting. “We think it’s valuable to have a big, raucous live audience to experience these six great friends coming back together and we didn’t want to do it suddenly on a web call with, you know, six boxes and people recording from their kitchens and bedrooms “He explained.
However, an alternative delivery was not ruled out, since Greenblatt said that the “Friends” meeting “may go more to a virtual route, if it is delayed too long.”