HBO Max is eagerly awaited friends special meeting will be delayed as production across Hollywood stops in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, according to The Hollywood Reporter. There is no estimated release date at this time, but a company spokesperson said AdWeek that “at this point we plan to launch HBO Max with the Friends Reunion Special.” It all apparently depends on how long the studios continue to delay production.
The special, which would bring together the original actors Jennifer Aniston (Rachel), Courtney Cox (Monica), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe), David Schwimmer (Ross), Matthew Perry (Chandler) and Matt LeBlanc (Joey), was a launch title for WarnerMedia’s new streaming service, HBO Max. The cast is expected to “earn more than double its former expenses per episode for the meeting and be paid between $ 2.5 million and $ 3 million for the special,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The single special would have been filmed between March 23 and March 24, but as several sets and productions stopped worldwide in an attempt to stop the spread of the new coronavirus, the production of friends the meeting was also interrupted. It should now shoot at the earliest in May.
the friends special is a big deal for HBO Max. It was the first time that the distribution had met on screen together since the show had ceased operations in 2004. The launch of the special in May could have resulted in an increase in the number of initial HBO subscribers Max. This is the type of event programming that streamers are looking for – a type of high-profile series that Disney Plus found in The Mandalorian and Netflix found with Strange things and more recently with Love is blind.
HBO Max will also be the exclusive streaming house for Friends. The show was available for streaming on Netflix until January 1. WarnerMedia paid approximately $ 425 million for the rights to the series. WarnerMedia has not said whether the launch of HBO Max would be affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
HBO Max, slated for launch in May, will combine the archives of the famous HBO lineup with new shows and movies, alongside Warner Bros. movies. and new original series. It is expected to launch at $ 14.99 per month – the current price of HBO Now – making it one of the most expensive services. Netflix’s most popular plan is $ 12.99 per month, while Disney Plus is $ 6.99 per month and Apple TV Plus costs $ 4.99 per month.
Update March 18, 7:28 p.m. ET: This story has been updated to include a statement from WarnerMedia regarding the launch of HBO Max and the friends special meeting.