Its certainly a bad time for the Entertainment industry, especially for the newly flourishing streaming business which continues to face setbacks amid the Coronavirus outbreak. A new report reveals that production on HBO Max’s Friends reunion special has been delayed due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19.
For those unaware, The Friends reunion special was expected to be filmed later this month. According to THR, production was to take place on Monday and Tuesday in the same place as the classic episodes were filmed before, at Stage 24 of the WB studio lot in Burbank.
‘Friends’ reunion special production delayed but when will it resume?
Unfortunately, those plans came to a halt due to the global coronavirus pandemic. Filming has been postponed until at least May. The project does not have a set date determining when it could begin production due to the uncertainty.
Hollywood is undergoing a massive shut down as everyone in the industry undergo self-quarantine. Furthermore, in the U.S., the CDC’s recommendation has asked people to avoid large gatherings of more than 50. This has put most of the movie and TV projects in limbo.
The Friends reunion special will see the return of the main gang and the NBC comedy shows’ creators. Deals have been signed to go ahead with the one-off special which would be streamed on HBO Max.
So far, it looks like Warner Bros. hasn’t yet decided if there’s a need to delay the launch of its streaming service, HBO Max. Sources tell THR that it’s currently on track but its date will be fixed in May.
The Friends reunion special will be directed by Ben Winston, who will also executive produce it alongside Friends alums Kevin Bright, Kauffman and David Crane. Moreover, all six main stars will also executive produce the show.
HBO Max is expected to hit the streaming market in May with a $15 monthly subscription plan.
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