After months (or, at this point, years) of rumors and anticipation, the Friends reunion of our dreams goes to become a reality. The forged was set to collect for a Special on HBO’s streaming service HBO Max, to honor the enduring sitcom’s 25th anniversary. There have been some bumps within the road to production as the leisure world is on pause during the coronavirus pandemic; however as we await what will probably be Jennifer Aniston’s good behind-the-scenes Instagrams from the set, we’re laying out all the things we all know about the challenge to this point.
MATTHEW PERRY SAYS THE SPECIAL WILL AIR IN MARCH 2021.
“Friends reunion being rescheduled for the start of March. Looks like we’ve a busy year coming up. And that is the best way I prefer it!” Perry tweeted.
ALL OF THE STARS ARE COMING BACK.
Jennifer Aniston (Rachel), Courteney Cox (Monica), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe), Matt LeBlanc (Joey), Matthew Perry (Chandler), and David Schwimmer (Ross) will reunite on the unique Friends soundstage—Stage 24, on the Warner Bros. Studio in Burbank—to movie. All six stars can even govt produce.
The Late Late Present writer Ben Winston will direct. He is also an govt producer, together with Friends EPs Kevin Vibrant, Marta Kauffman, and David Crane; and Emma Conway and James Longman.
When the reunion news was introduced, the leads all shared the identical picture and caption on Instagram—”It is taking place”—and tagged one another. (Good factor Aniston and Perry at the moment are on the app.) The picture, shot by Mark Seliger, is from the Might 18, 1995 situation of Rolling Stone.
THE REUNION SPECIAL IS NOT A NEW FRIENDS EPISODE.
The main forged will reunite, revisit the set, have surprises, and share behind-the-scenes footage, however they will not be portraying their unique characters. They’ll merely be showing as themselves.
HBO Max defined in an announcement, “Lastly, with a purpose to keep away from any misunderstanding about what this Special is, we need to make it very clear that this isn’t a brand new, unique episode of the sequence. The forged will probably be showing as themselves, not as their beloved characters.”
PRODUCTION HAD BEEN DELAYED.
Like different exhibits and movies during the international pandemic, the Friends Special is adjusting its filming schedule. And in response to Leisure Weekly, any hope that the sequence would be capable of shoot in late summer 2020 has rapidly dwindled. The publication is reporting that capturing “has been pushed again indefinitely as a result of ongoing pandemic.” And as Leisure Weekly studies, the explanation for the Special’s delay is clear: “As California has become a hotspot for the coronavirus over the previous month, taping an in-person reunion not appears doable within the instant future.” Insert weeping emoji right here.
Throughout a cellphone interview with Deadline, Jennifer Aniston reacted to the postponement and said, “It’s going to be super. You know what? This has also given us extra time to make it much more thrilling and extra enjoyable than it could have been. So I select to see it as the glass is half-full that it acquired postponed. Look, we’re not going wherever. You’re by no means going to do away with Friends, sorry. You’re caught with us for all times guys.”
“Unfortunately it’s very unhappy that we needed to move it once more,” Aniston continued. “It was, ‘How will we do that with dwell audiences?’ This isn’t a protected time. Interval. That’s the underside line. It’s not a protected time to do it.”
David Schwimmer had previously expressed his hope that the reunion would happen in 2020, as he told Leisure Weekly, “We’re hoping it will likely be in a position to convene and shoot it in August, however the fact is, we’ll do it once we all decide it is protected to take action.” He continued, “There is no query we need to do it and it will occur. It is simply actually a query of when would be the most secure time to do it.”
The challenge was initially slated to movie on March 23 and 24 in Burbank, however was “delayed till a minimum of Might,” The Hollywood Reporter said in March. Then, WarnerMedia Leisure and Direct-to-Shopper chairman Bob Greenblatt defined, per Selection, “We’re holding out for with the ability to get this Special done hopefully by the top of the summer, if the celebrities align and hopefully we will get again into production.”
The choice for doing the reunion nearly is much less possible, though it might be doable if production is “delayed too lengthy,” Greenblatt added. “We do suppose there’s a worth to having an enormous, raucous dwell viewers to expertise these six nice mates coming again together and we didn’t need to simply all of a sudden do it on an online name with, you know, six squares and folks capturing from their kitchens and bedrooms,” he said.
A MINI REUNION WENT DOWN AT THE 2020 EMMYS.
Though not one of the male forged members made appearances, the ladies of Friends, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, and Lisa Kudrow, all appeared together on-screen throughout final evening’s Emmys. Whereas Aniston was talking to host Jimmy Kimmel, her “roommates” Cox and Kudrow joined her. “We have been dwelling together since 1994,” Aniston quipped.
Although it wasn’t the totally fledged reunion followers have been ready for, it was a joyous shock—and the least we deserve in 2020, TBQH.
LISA KUDROW IS READY FOR THE REUNION.
Throughout an interview with The Sunday Occasions, Lisa Kudrow expressed her pleasure about getting the gang again together once more. She revealed, “No viewers has seen us together for the reason that present was over. We are going to reminisce, speak about what was happening behind the scenes. It’s not us taking part in our characters. It’s not an episode. It’s not scripted. It’s six of us coming together for the primary time in I don’t know how lengthy.”
Kudrow also said that she loves getting together together with her former forged mates as all of them have such nice reminiscences. She said, “I believe that I keep in mind issues, however then I speak to Matt [LeBlanc] or Jennifer [Aniston], and so they keep in mind all the things. It’s actually enjoyable.”
YOU CAN FRIENDS EPISODES ON HBO MAX IN THE MEANTIME.
Now that Friends is off Netflix, the sequence—all 236 episodes of it—have discovered a brand new on-line dwelling at HBO
THE CAST WILL REPORTEDLY MAKE MILLIONS.
Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that the celebrities negotiated their charges together and will probably be paid between $2.5 million and $three million every for the reunion Special. That is far more than the $1 million-per-episode charges they’d when Friends was nonetheless operating.
YOU CAN JOIN IN ON THE FILMING.
The forged is providing up six tickets for the taping of the reunion Special, though the date of the filming itself remains to be unknown. The public sale is a part of the All In Problem, by way of which celebrities are elevating funds for numerous organizations, like America’s Meals Fund.