Friends reunion ‘likely to film at end of summer,’ producer insists- though sources say it may not happen until 2021 – The Sun

FRIENDS fans may get their promised reunion sooner than hoped, as producers have insisted that the cast is likely to be able to film "at the end of the summer."

The highly anticipated reunion was first confirmed earlier in 2020 but the coronavirus pandemic has forced production on all TV shows to come to a standstill, as networks attempt to figure out how to keep cast and crew safe.

WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-to-Consumer chairman Bob Greenblatt has, however, admitted that although they would rather have a "big, raucous live audience" for the reunion, they may go "a virtual route, if it is delayed too long."

"We’re holding out for being able to get this special done hopefully by the end of the summer, if the stars align and hopefully we can get back into production," he told Variety.

"We do think there’s a value to having a big, raucous live audience to experience these six great friends coming back together and we didn’t want to just suddenly do it on a web call with, you know, six squares and people shooting from their kitchens and bedrooms.”

He added: "But at the moment, we’re trying to look to the future and get this thing done in a more conventional way, and I think it’s worth waiting for."

His comments come however after The Sun Online revealed that the reunion we've all been waiting for isn’t likely to happen now until 2021 as the outbreak remains a concern and the cast – Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer – have packed schedules for the rest of the year.

An insider revealed: “It looks like the reunion might have to be scheduled for next year now.

“It was difficult enough getting everyone on board for filming in March and it will be incredibly hard to get them all together at the same time again."

The unscripted special had been set to air in May and was to be exclusively available on HBO's new streaming service when it launched that same month.

After years of speculation, the cast confirmed the news simultaneously on Instagram as they all shared a post of the same cast image alongside the caption: "It’s happening… ⁣"

According to TVLine, the reunion was set to take place at the show's original sound stage, Stage 24, on the Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank, California.

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