The highly anticipated Friends reunion will finally begin filming next week, according to a new report, after the project was delayed for months due to the ongoing pandemic.
Sources tell Deadline that HBO Max’s unscripted special will be shot in Los Angeles next week.
While HBO Max has declined to comment, it has already been confirmed that the reunion will feature all of the original six cast members – who will be filming on the original soundstage – Stage 24 – located on the Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank, California.
They WILL be there for you! Friends will be filming again NEXT WEEK in Burbank, California, according to a new report
The news comes after David Schwimmer confirmed that he and his former Friends co-stars will have no character when they shoot the project.
The actor, 54, will be interviewed along with Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Matt Le Blanc and Jennifer Aniston as they discuss the comedy that took them to stardom in 1994 and lasted 10 years.
And during a performance on The Graham Norton Show, which airs Friday night, Schwimmer hinted that there might be a brief moment when the stars are reviving their beloved classic sitcom characters.
The New York-based actor, who played Ross Geller in the comedy, told host Graham Norton, ‘I’m going to LA to film the Friends Reunion. I’ll be seeing everyone for the first time in years. ‘
Together Again: (LR) Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry will finally record the much-delayed reunion
Asked if he will be Ross or David at the reunion, he said, ‘I’ll be David. Nothing is written and we have no character.
“We are all ourselves, although there is a part that I don’t want to give away, but we all read something.”
He then jokingly added, ‘I should have delved into old episodes, but I just couldn’t bring myself to catch up on the 236 shows. I think I’ll have to watch a lot in the next five days! ‘
His interview comes after new detail about the highly anticipated and highly anticipated Friends ‘reunion’ was teased by the sitcom’s original decorator.
Get into character? David Schwimmer has hinted that he and his friends co-stars are briefly reviving their characters when they meet on screen
Greg Grande – who was responsible for dressing the likes of Central Perk and the apartments on the sitcom – took to Instagram on Wednesday, seemingly confirming that the reunion show will take place on a resurrected set of Monica Geller’s house.
Greg shares a photo of the iconic set and captioned the snap: ‘Sssh! Something happens, deja vu … comes back to life! ❤️ #friends #monicasapt #friendsreunion ‘ [sic]
While Greg was responsible for the knick knacks in Monica’s house, the set was designed by John Shaffner and Joe Stewart – who were also responsible for painting the walls purple.
The reunion is not intended to be a continuation of the sitcom in a script, but as a sit-down chat with the six protagonists.
Interview: During a performance on The Graham Norton Show, which airs Friday night, Schwimmer confirmed that he will not be in character for most of the reunion.
The last episode of Friends aired in the spring of 2004 and saw Monica and her husband Chandler Bing pack up the famous purple loft and move to the suburbs with their newborn twins.
When the show wrapped up, the set was cut short. It had lived on Stage 24 on the Warner Bros grounds in Hollywood for ten years, but was taken over in 2005 when the spin-off series Joey was filmed there.
Joey saw Joey Tribbiani, Matt Le Blanc’s character, move to LA to pursue his acting career. Stage 24 was re-dressed with a new set – that of Joey’s sister Gina Tribbiani’s home in Los Angeles.
Joey only lasted for two seasons before it was canceled due to mediocre ratings, with fans not interested in a show targeting only one of the six friends.
Central Perk’s set is still intact at Warner Bros and is part of the studio tour.
The actual coffee house soundstage – not a replica – can be visited when the tour is open to the public [currently shut amid the pandemic]
In 2019, Greg pondered the details of Monica’s apartment in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
‘I felt like Monica’s apartment was quite iconic. Monica’s was definitely the highlight, ”he said.
[The Warner Bros] prop house had some exceptional old furniture that had been there forever and ever that was a bit tucked away and hidden in the basement and third floor. Pieces that no one would ever have used if you hadn’t reinvented them. ‘
Greg explained in the interview that some items, including the A French circus poster hanging behind Monica’s television – were last-minute additions that he didn’t think about for long.
Deconstructed: Friends last episode aired in the spring of 2004, and saw Monica and husband Chandler Bing wrap up the famous purple loft and move to the suburbs with their newborn twins
Phase: In reality, the set has been aborted. It lived on soundstage 24 on the Warner Bros lot in Hollywood for ten years, but was acquired in 2005 when spin-off series Joey was filmed there.
It’s funny that the way it happened was so natural and not overly thought out, and now it’s an iconic poster.
‘It’s really crazy and it’s great to think I put such a fingerprint on that show – and it’s really sad I can’t get a slice of the action!
‘Someone owes me the hell! It’s funny because I threw them a whole line of furniture after the show, but they didn’t want it. ‘
Greg appeared in the Friends finale as one of the movers, driving Chandler’s dog statue out of the apartment.
“That’s right, I’m moving the last piece of furniture out of the apartment. I got a little sentimental, ”he said.
Six-some: the reunion is not a sitcom sequel, but a sit-down chat with the six protagonists
David Schwimmer was the last cast member to notify fans of the reunion show’s progress.
David – who played Ross Geller – said in early March that he will be joining his former co-stars to record the reunion ‘in a little over a month’ during a conversation on Andy Cohen Live from SiriusXM
“Did you shoot anywhere?” Cohen asked about the HBO Max reunion.
“Actually, I’m going to LA in a little over a month,” the actor replied. “So, finally, I mean, we figured out a way to film it safely and there will be some part that we filmed outside because of, you know, for security protocols.”
Andy then inquired about rumors that the event would be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres – who in 2020 was embroiled in a toxic workplace scandal involving the set of her eponymous talk show.
Ellen starred on her own sitcom – Ellen – around the same time as Friends, often referring to the fact that they both had coffeehouses.
“Ellen hosts that?” Cohen asked, to which Schwimmer quickly answered ‘no’.
‘She is not?’ Andy said, pressing the star to give more details. “You know, can you tell who it is?”
“You know what, I don’t know if I really can,” said the star. ‘Yes. I should have figured that out. Um, okay. It’s not Ellen, it’s not Billy Crystal. I could tell you who it isn’t. ‘
David asked deviantly, “Is it you Andy?” ‘Oh my God. I wish it were, ”the broadcaster replied.
Postponed: Originally, the reunion was supposed to debut in May 2020 as part of the HBO Max launch, but after the COVID-19 pandemic arrived, production plans were cut short
The special event has been in the works since February 2020 with a filming date of March 2020.
Originally, the reunion was supposed to debut in May 2020 as part of the HBO Max launch, but when the COVID-19 pandemic arrived and caused chaos in the movie and TV industry, production plans were cut short.
HBO Max announced in April last year that the show would not be filmed in time to debut at the launch of the streaming service, and the sit-down was postponed to August 2020.
As the pandemic raged, that date was also abandoned. Matthew Perry tweeted in November that the filming had officially moved to March, but even that date was postponed according to Schwimmer’s latest message.
Friends reunion will be moved to the beginning of March. It looks like we are headed for a busy year. And that’s how I like it, ‘Perry wrote at the time.
Fans have often called for a scripted reunion in which the cast returns as their characters for a one-off special. Still, the prospect of this seems to have been ignored by the series’ creators.
Sitcoms such as Will & Grace and Roseanne [later becoming The Connors] were revived to much fanfare in recent years, and Frasier is the last to be said to be rebooted.
Still, Friends seems destined to stay as it was, back in 2004, with only reruns that kept fans happy.