Hollywood Reporter: 'Friends' HBO Max Reunion Special Has Been Delayed Amid Coronavirus Crisis
"Friends" HBO Max reunion special has reportedly been postponed due to the coronavirus that's becoming highly widespread.
An extraordinary episode of HBO's "Friends" was planned to be filmed early next week. However, following the spread of the pandemic coronavirus, the studio is putting off production to a later date.
This revelation comes from sources close to the studio, according to Hollywood Reporter. The report added that a new filming date is yet to be fixed, and that puts the episode in a state of uncertainty.
Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry, Jennifer Aniston on the set of the NBC sitcom, "Friends," on June 14, 1994 | Source: Reisig & Taylor/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images
The reunion episode was planned to be unscripted get together of the cast at the show's former location at Stage 24 in the "Warner Bros" Studio. This delay also affects other productions in the Burbank studio.
There has been a wide shutdown of production across studios as people around the world practice self-isolation as a precautionary measure to protect themselves from the pandemic.
The online news outlet reached out to individuals within "HBO Max" and "Warner Bros" for comments on the delayed production, but none was given. As it is, fans do not know what will become of their favorite shows.
The special episode of the "Friends" TV show was supposed to give a major boost to HBO Max's subscription base.
It is a whopping $2.5 million for each character.
Another competing studio, Disney, had launched its streaming service last year with the Star Wars drama, "The Mandalorian," taking center stage. It was an instant success for the studio as people rushed to subscribe to its streaming service.
It is hard to say if HBO Max will be able to live up to that standard following the limitations posed by the coronavirus pandemic. However, inside sources have also said that the HBO Max launch date is yet to be determined.
The six stars of the delayed show are Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer.
Variety recently got an inside scoop of how much the co-stars would earn. It is a whopping $2.5 million for each character.
Television celebrity Courteney Cox was looking forward to the reunion special before the latest development occurred.
Speaking in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the excited actress said she couldn't wait to meet with her co-stars and talk about the old days. For her, it was going to be great.
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