Friends: HBO Max special postponed due to coronavirus


Friends fans will need to wait a few months before they can see the cast together again. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 1-hour special that was scheduled to be released with HBO Max will only be produced after the new coronavirus pandemic has passed.

The episode had been under negotiation for a few months and was officially announced in February. It would be the first time since the series ended in 2004 that Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer would appear together on a television show. Warner Bros. Television and HBO Max declined to comment.

So far, there are no details about the delay in launching HBO Max, WarnerMedia’s streaming service, scheduled for May this year. The Friends special would be an action to help promote the service. The idea is to bring together the cast and creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman to film on the original stage of the series. Producer Ben Winston will direct the special.

The company had to shell out about $ 400 million for the rights to the series, surpassing Netflix. Friends was one of the most watched series on Netflix, although the streaming giant does not provide any viewing data. According to Deadline, the original cast will receive between $ 3 million and $ 4 million each to participate in the episode.