Friends reunion still delayed again!!! The project has been delayed since April. Filming for the long-awaited “Friends” reunion has been pushed back yet again, according to a new report.
On Friday, production company Fulwell 73 partners Leo Pearlman and executive Carly Shackleton claimed to Deadline that the show’s taping would take place within the next two weeks. However, the publication has since walked back on those claims, stating that the much-anticipated reunion set to air HBO Max still has no filming date set in stone.
It was announced earlier this year that the popular sitcom’s stars, Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry and Lisa Kudrow, would reunite for the special.
It was originally supposed to be taped in April and air in May but the coronavirus pandemic suspended all plans.
Pearlman and Shackleton also claimed to Deadline on Friday that the reunion would be directed by Fulwell 73 partner Ben Winston.
In late July, David Schwimmer (aka Ross Geller) provided an update about filming. “I can tell you that we are hoping to shoot [the reunion] in August, in mid-August, but honestly, we will do it when it’s safe,” Schwimmer told Entertainment Tonight.
The 53-year-old added: “There has always been a hope that a component of that reunion show will have a live audience, which makes the whole thing really tricky. We are obviously not going to risk anyone’s health by doing this.”
The actors on the series have all made it clear that they want to film it in person after rumors circulated about doing it virtually.
“There hasn’t really been any talk about doing it remotely,” Lisa Kudrow told reporters while promoting her Netflix special. “I mean, it was an immediate ‘no’ if this was brought up. That’s not what this is. We are not doing it remotely.”
Speaking to Deadline, Aniston noted that she’s “sad” the special is delayed but noted that she’s pleased they’re not rushing it in any unsafe way.
“Unfortunately it’s very sad that we had to move it again,” the star explained.
Jennifer Aniston talked about her disappointment that the ‘Friends’ reunion has been postponed. (Getty Images)
She added: “It was, ‘How do we do this with live audiences?’ This is not a safe time. Period. That’s the bottom line. It’s not a safe time to do it.”
She went on to say that there’s an optimistic way to look at the situation, explaining that the delay offers everyone involved more time to make it perfect.“It’s going to be super. You know what? This has also given us more time to make it even more exciting and more fun than it would have been,” she told the outlet. “So I choose to see it as the glass is half full that it got postponed. Look, we’re not going anywhere. You’re never going to get rid of ‘Friends,’ sorry. You’re stuck with us for life, guys.”
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Friends reunion still delayed again!!! Friends reunion still delayed again!!!