The Friends reunion-special-but-really-just-the-cast-sitting-around-talking-for-a-million-dollars-each is set to resume production in late August.
The special was supposed to be one of the premiere pieces of original content for the launch of the new streaming service HBO Max. But production was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. But in an interview with Deadline, officials from the production company Fulwell 73 said they are ready to start.
Fulwell 73 partner Leo Pearlman and senior executive Carly Shackleton told the publication Friday that shooting should be happening within the next two weeks and the reunion will be directed by Fulwell 73 partner Ben Winston.
While it doesn't appear that there will be a live audience for the production, the cast has been firm about the need for them to film the special in person and not via some remote feeds. “There hasn't really been any talk about doing it remotely," Lisa Kudrow told reporters while promoting her recent Netflix special. "I mean, it was an immediate 'no' if this was brought up. That's not what this is. We are not doing it remotely."