In January 2021 already, Lisa Kudrow alias Phoebe in Friends, had confessed to having started shoot some reunion scenes with Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc. The recording of the meeting will therefore continue this week in Los Angeles, in the original Warner Bros. studios, where there were notably the sets of the Central Perk and the apartments of Monica and Joey. On Instagram, Greg Grande, who is responsible for the sets for the sitcom, has also teased the reconstruction of Monica’s apartment identically.
This stakeholder meeting, originally scheduled for March 2020 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the launch of Friends, had been postponed several times due to the pandemic coronavirus. The 6 actors of the series had never been together in front of a camera since the end of filming.
David Schwimmer (Ross) and Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe) opened up about this special episode
As a reminder, this meeting of the stars of Friends will not be a scripted episode, so it will not be a sequel to the adventures of Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Ross, Phoebe and Joey. It will be a discussion around the highlights of Friends, with also some surprise scenes. Because if there is no script, they will still all read a text at some point, as revealed by David Schwimmer in The Graham Norton Show: “I will be myself, I will be David. There is nothing written, scripted, we will not play the characters, we will just be ourselves, real people” But “There is however a part, which I cannot reveal to you, where we all read something …”.
Salary side, for this special episode, each of the actors would have received a check of 2.5 to 3 million dollars. As for the release date, it is still unknown. We just know that it will be broadcast on HBO Max in the USA and France, no broadcast announcement has yet been made, even though we know that OCS broadcasts HBO’s productions.