After countless setbacks and postponements, due to the coronavirus pandemic, production of the “ Friends ” special is finally taking shape and the reunion filming already has a start date.
The acclaimed comedy special is now slated for filming in March 2021, a year after the initial date set by HBO Max. The information was posted by star Matthew Perry via his official Twitter account.
On the occasion, he celebrated the novelty:
“Filming for the Reunion of Friends is scheduled for March. It looks like we’re going to have a busy year ahead. And that’s how I like it!
The meeting of friends is postponed to the beginning of March. It looks like we have a busy year ahead. And that’s how I like it!
– matthew perry (@MatthewPerry) November 12, 2020
Initially scheduled for March 2020, the registrations had to be postponed until August, due to the increase in the number of people infected around the world.
However, the global situation did not improve enough for the special to be safely filmed, and HBO Max was forced to wait until the storyline shrank down a bit more, before they could give a new date.
Recently, in an interview with Variety, Bob Greenblatt, the president of the company, said that the idea to record a cover came from Courteney Cox, the interpreter of Monica Geller.
Greenblatt said Cox got the cast together for dinner early last year and suggested they bring the idea to Warner Media executives.
“I heard that Courteney convinced his friends of the idea. It sounded exciting, so the whole cast were trying to convince us. But we [da Warner Media] we knew we couldn’t answer without planning calmly… It was a very difficult time as we had to make a quick decision. “
After months of negotiations, Greenblatt said the deal was done and the idea was finally approved.
“For me, it’s always shocking to imagine things happening out of paper,” Greenblatt joked.
All 236 episodes of ‘Friends’ will be available at the premiere of the streaming platform. In Brazil, the series will continue temporarily with Netflix, until the Warner service launches here.
Stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer will return for the meet.
The episode will cost around $ 20 million and will be “unscripted”. Simply put, we’ll likely have the entire cast remembering the show’s most iconic moments.
Additionally, the streaming got the exclusive rights to show the old episodes, which were owned by Netflix.
For HBO Max, one of the main attractions will be the beloved ’90s comedy. As WarnerMedia has invested $ 425 million for the broadcast rights to the series on HBO Max, the purpose of the special is to attract more audience to the attraction.
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