The much-awaited reunion of the Friends cast has been delayed time and again, however, it is set to begin filming in March 2021. The aim is to start filming the reunion in the first part of next year.
This can mean that the special reunion is on track to air in the spring, according to The Hollywood Reporter. However, according to insiders, the plans have not been finalized. But Matthew Perry gave us a little hope as he took to his social media account to confirm the timetable.
The actor tweeted, “Friends reunion being rescheduled for the beginning of March. Looks like we have a busy year coming up. And that’s the way I like it!’ The reunion was originally supposed to start filming this year back in March.
The special reunion was supposed to debut in May 2020. It was going to be a part of HBO Max’s launch. The hit series was taken off of Netflix earlier this year before the series going onto WarnerMedia’s streaming platform, HBO Max.
However, the global pandemic came along to put the world into total lockdown, and production was shut down. All shows/films in production and the ones who were set to start production shut down as well.
The streaming platform, HBO Max had announced back in April that the reunion will not be filmed in time to make a debut by its original launch date. The production was then moved on to start in August 2020. The star cast of Friends as well as the team at HBO Max wanted the show’s reunion to be in person.
The Cast On Their Reunion
The cast also unanimously wants it to be filmed at the shows former stage, Stage 24, at the Warner Brothers lot in Burbank. Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc; Courtney Cox, and Lisa Kudrow did not want the reunion to be virtual.
Lisa, who played Phoebe Buffay had revealed back in May that they haven’t all been in the same room in front of people. She said, “I mean, we have privately once many years ago but that’s it. The whole point of this is to be in the same room.” The actress also shared that HBO Max is being “phenomenally” patient and understanding.
Friends remains a fan-favorite even after airing its finale 16 years back. The series aired for 10 seasons from 1994 to 2004. The show revolved around six friends as they go through life, love, and their careers together in New York City.
HBO Max first announced plans for the Friends Reunion; an unscripted special, which will look back on the iconic show, back in February. All the original cast members were confirmed to participate.
Actor David Schwimmer, famous for playing the character Ross Geller on the beloved sitcom for 10 years, is assuring fans it will all be worth the wait. In a recent interview, Schwimmer noted that getting back on set with his former co-stars would be a highlight. “I guess what I’m honestly most looking forward to is just being in the room with those other five actors. It’s five, right?” he said with a laugh, adding, “That was a joke.”
“We Don’t Know Everything About It”
David got a bit nostalgic when he got to thinking about returning to the Warner Bros. studio. ‘Being on the actual sound stage, on the actual set for the first time in 10 years. The set that we shot on for 10 years. That to me is going to be a really meaningful experience,’ the actor confessed.
Co-star, Jennifer Aniston, who played his love interest, Rachel, shared his sentiments on Variety’s Actors on Actors segment. “I think it’s gonna be really fun also if we ever get out of quarantine and get to do our reunion show.”
Anniston was joined by Lisa Kudrow who portrayed the eccentric Phoebe. Like her Friends co-stars, Lisa Kudrow has also been excited about reuniting 16-years after the show’s finale aired May 6, 2004. “Yes, that will be really great,” Kudrow said. “ I really can’t wait to do that. We don’t know everything about it. I think we’re meant to be surprised by some things as well.”