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Friends reunion specially delayed at HBO Max due to concerns about the expanding coronavirus

Friends reunion specially delayed at HBO Max due to concerns about the expanding coronavirus

The highly anticipated Friends reunion special has become the latest victim of the corona virus and production is slowing down.

Filming would begin next week, but now production has shifted to May at the earliest Variety.

HBO Max and Warner Bros. Television declined to comment, but the delay is only the latest production to be shed by the outbreak of this deadly virus.

Delayed: Friends' highly anticipated reunion special has become the latest victim of the corona virus, with delayed production

Delayed: Friends’ highly anticipated reunion special has become the latest victim of the corona virus and production is delayed

Although there have been rumors and speculation about a reunion of friends for years, The Hollywood Reporter revealed in November that a reunion special is taking place on HBO Max.

Each of the show’s main stars – Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer – were chatting to return, with the series’ creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman.

The deals were finalized and the reunion special was officially announced in late February, confirming that the cast will be reuniting for an ‘untitled unscripted special’.

Reunion special: Although there were rumors and speculations about a Friends reunion for years, the Hollywood Reporter revealed in November that a reunion special is taking place at HBO Max

Reunion special: Although there had been rumors and speculation about a Friends reunion for years, The Hollywood Reporter revealed in November that a reunion special is taking place at HBO Max

Reunion special: Although there had been rumors and speculation about a Friends reunion for years, The Hollywood Reporter revealed in November that a reunion special is taking place at HBO Max

The special is scheduled to be filmed on phase 24 of the Warner Bros. Studio plot in Burbank, where the original series was filmed.

The special was meant to launch the HBO Max streaming service when it launches in mid-May.

The streaming service will also take all 236 episodes of Friends through the iconic run of the original 10-season sitcom.

Original series: The special is scheduled to be filmed on phase 24 of the Warner Bros. Studio plot in Burbank, where the original series was filmed

Original Series: The special is scheduled to be filmed on phase 24 of the Warner Bros. Studio plot in Burbank, where the original series was filmed

Original Series: The special is scheduled to be filmed on phase 24 of the Warner Bros. Studio plot in Burbank, where the original series was filmed

WarnerMedia reportedly spent a whopping $ 425 million in five years to air the original series, with the exception of Netflix.

Netflix previously spent between $ 80 million and $ 100 million on Friends’ streaming rights in 2019 alone.

Nielsen had previously reported that Friends was one of the most watched shows on Netflix, although they do not release official viewer data.

Streaming hit: WarnerMedia reportedly spent a whopping $ 425 million in five years to air the original series, excluding Netflix

Streaming hit: WarnerMedia reportedly spent a whopping $ 425 million in five years to air the original series, excluding Netflix

Streaming hit: WarnerMedia reportedly spent a whopping $ 425 million in five years to air the original series, excluding Netflix

The Friends special is the latest in a long line of film and TV productions canceled or delayed due to the spread of COVID-19.

On the TV side, shows like Amazon’s Lord of the Rings, Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, and Netflix’s Stranger Things were closed, just to name a few.

Movies such as The Matrix 4, Fantastic Beasts 3 and all Avatar sequels have also been sidelined.

Delayed: The Friends special is just the latest in a long line of film and TV productions canceled or delayed due to the spread of COVID-19

Delayed: The Friends special is just the latest in a long line of film and TV productions canceled or delayed due to the spread of COVID-19

Delayed: The Friends special is just the latest in a long line of film and TV productions canceled or delayed due to the spread of COVID-19

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