December 1, 2023

‘Friends’ Reunion for HBO Max Finally Sets Production Date

After a postponed start because of the Coronavirus pandemic, the long awaited “Companions” gathering is at last set to film one week from now — the seven day stretch of April 5 — a source tells Assortment.

Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry will rejoin on a Warner Brothers. soundstage for the HBO Max extraordinary. HBO Max declined to remark.

The cast get-together was initially set into movement in late February of 2020, only a brief time before the Covid emergency stopped all film and television creation. Sources near the matter had revealed to Assortment a year ago that every one of the six stars would get in any event $2.5 million for partaking in the uncommon. With every one of the 10 periods of “Companions” having left Netflix, the show’s new home at HBO Max — supported by a prominent get-together — should help dispatch the real time feature into an all around warmed direct-to-shopper market. WarnerMedia purportedly paid more than $400 million for the rights to the first arrangement.

After its underlying Walk 2020 shooting date was canceled, WarnerMedia executives had then expected to film the uncommon before the finish of the late spring, with Weave Greenblatt — at that point WarnerMedia Amusement administrator — saying that there was “worth to having a major, rambunctious live crowd to encounter these six extraordinary companions returning together and we would not like to simply unexpectedly do it on a web call with, you know, six squares and individuals shooting from their kitchens and rooms.” He had additionally left open the likelihood to recording the unique for all intents and purposes if the deferral ran excessively long.

However, that shoot date was likewise constrained as a second thought as the pandemic seethed on. The uncommon has for some time been scheduled to film in front of an audience 24, the first “Companions” soundstage on the Warner Brothers. Studio parcel in Burbank, Calif., with Ben Winston coordinating and leader delivering close by “Companions” chief makers Kevin Brilliant, Marta Kauffman and David Crane.

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