AGENCIES, Los Angeles: The TV series that made history as being the most viewed was set to come back on screen for a single outing. The Friends reunion special was highly anticipated by its billions of fans all around the world. But sadly, such plans have taken a backseat due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the unscripted special was set to be filmed next week at Stage 24 of the Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank where the series was originally shot. But production has been delayed till at least May as the shooting of the reunion will have hundreds, if not thousands, of people present.
This poses a huge problem for HBO Max, the upcoming streaming platform of WarnerMedia Entertainment, which was supposed to be launched with the Friends reunion episode. It would have definitely been a huge initial boost.
THR reports that WarnerMedia paid $85 million per year for five years ($425 million) to reclaim streaming rights to Friends for its own platform from Netflix. The original cast of Matt Le Blanc, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox and David Schwimmer were reportedly going to be paid $2.5-$3 million for the episode. The losses that the company looks at now are quite staggering.