With WarnerMedia and HBO Max's Friends reunion special still tentatively set to film next month (more on that in a second), the road to getting cast members Courtney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer, as well as series creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman, back together has exactly been a smooth one. According to Schwimmer, it appears we may be getting an update on the special (one way or another) pretty soon. Appearing with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show to promote his new Peacock series Intelligence, Schwimmer offered a brief update on the reunion: "We're going to wait and see another week or two if we all determine it's really safe to do. If not, we'll wait until it's safe."
But since the long-running NBC sitcom was brought up anyway… Fallon asked Schwimmer where he stands on the whole Ross/Rachel (Aniston) "break debate." So were they on a break when Ross slept with the girl from the copy place, or not? Schwimmer doesn't mince words with his response- and spoiler? The "not on a break" folks are not going to be happy"
Speaking with Variety at the NAB Show Executive Leadership Summit back in May, WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-to-Consumer chairman Bob Greenblatt revealed that filming on the special could take place by the end of the summer. "At first we thought, shows will be delayed for a month or two at the most, and now it seems like it's going to be far longer than that," Greenblatt explained. "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. 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."
While he did say that the reunion "may go more to a virtual route if it is delayed too long", Greenblatt would much prefer to wait as long as possible for the kind of reunion event both the fans and cast want: "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. We would have loved to have had it on [HBO Max on] Day One, but at the same time, if we can get it launched in the fall, I think it'll be something that we can have the audience really looking forward to as well." Ben Winston is set to direct, and executive produces alongside Aniston, Cox, Kudrow, LeBlanc, Perry, Schwimmer, Crane, Kauffman, and Kevin Bright. Emma Conway and James Longman will co-exec produce. Warner Bros. Unscripted & Alternative TV serves as the studio, with Fulwell 73 Productions also attached to the project.