‘Friends: The Reunion’ has officially wrapped filming and will be released on the HBO Max streaming service.
Several social media accounts related to the popular TV comedy announced that after a reportedly three-day shoot, the filming has come to an end.
“That’s a wrap,” their Twitter account wrote with a picture. “Could we BE anymore excited!? Friends: The Reunion is coming to (HBO Max).”
— FRIENDS (@FriendsTV) April 11, 2021
According to GeekSpin, the reunion was filmed on the show’s original studio Stage 24 in Burbank, California, despite the show taking place in New York City.
The reunion was supposed to be released with the premiere of HBO Max, but delays to the pandemic lockdowns forced the special to be delayed. All six of the main cast including Jennifer Aniston (Rachel Green), Courteney Cox (Monica Geller), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe Buffay), David Schwimmer (Ross Geller), Matt LeBlanc (Joey Tribbiani), and Matthew Perry (Chandler Bing) are set to return along with series creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman.
The get-together is not an episode, but an unscripted interview similar to ‘The Fresh Prince OF Bel-Air’ special that was released in 2020. Though Kudrow confirmed that the show had “different facets” to it, including some pre-shots done before filming took place.
TMZ reports that the original fountain from the ‘Friends’ opening theme song will also be featured in the intro for the reunion.
Shooting was delayed in part due to the fact the cast and crew wanted to avoid doing the reunion over Zoom, preferring to have in front of live studio audience like how the sitcom was originally filmed.
“We haven’t all been in the same room in front of people, Kudrow told The Hollywood Reporter in 2020. “I mean, we have privately once many years ago but that’s it. The whole point of this is to be in the same room. That hasn’t changed. And HBO Max is being phenomenally patient and understanding.”
She added, “If everyone’s tested and clean, then we don’t have to be 6 feet apart. Everyone who checks out, so to speak, can sit next to each other on the couch. Because from one end to the other might be 6 feet and one of the two chairs? I thought of that too. But the reunion of the cast and celebration of the show will definitely happen.”
With filming officially wrapped and the announcements made, it would appear that fans can expect to see it stream on HBO Max along with the complete ‘Friends’ episode catalog.