Friends Reunion Special Will (Hopefully) Shoot In August, Says Co-Creator Marta Kauffman
Ever since the cast of Friends confirmed a reunion special would be making its way to HBO Max in 2020, fans of the hit '90s sitcom have been anxiously awaiting new details about exactly what the show will be and, even more importantly, when it will air.
While it was originally expected to be available when HBO Max made its debut, filming for the highly anticipated special had to be put on hold due to coronavirus safety concerns. In May, executives at WarnerMedia Entertainment said they were hopeful the show would be filmed by the end of summer. Now, Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman has confirmed that plan.
In a new interview with The Wrap, Kauffman spoke about production plans for the Friends reunion. She confirmed that shooting on the special, which is set to film on the original Friends soundstage on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, California, will likely proceed before the summer is over.
“We are hoping to be able to shoot in August, if all is well and there is no early second wave and the studio is open,” Kauffman said of the reunion show, which will feature all six original cast members Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer, and Matt LeBlanc. “If everything is in place and we understand all the protocols and we can still make a good show, we’ll be shooting it some time, mid- to late August,” she said.
As for what to expect from the special, Kauffman confirmed it will be unscripted and will involve "ways of looking at this that doesn’t just feel like a mini-doc," adding that it will include “components that are fresh and new.” Could we be any more excited?
[h/t The Wrap]