Judd Apatow Developing New Pee-Wee Herman Feature Film
by Alex Billington
June 30, 2010
Yep, he's back. Variety is reporting that comedic powerhouse producer Judd Apatow is developing a new currently untitled Pee-wee Herman feature film for Universal. Paul Reubens is co-writing the script with Paul Rust ("The Very Funny Show") and Apatow will produce through his Apatow Productions banner, but he will not direct. You may remember that Reubens let slip last December that he had a full-on Pee-Wee's Playhouse: The Movie movie ready to go, but this is the first we've heard about it since then. At least they're making some major progress. "Let's face it, the world needs more Pee-wee Herman," Apatow told Variety.
"I am so excited to be working with Paul Reubens — who is an extraordinary and groundbreaking actor and writer. It's so great to watch him return with such relevance," Apatow said. The Pee-wee Herman feature will be a road movie built around "a gigantic adventure," which gels with what Reubens said about it taking place mostly "out[side] of the playhouse" give or take two scenes. Their partnership came about after Apatow saw Reubens' recent "Pee-wee Herman Show" in Los Angeles earlier this year, which will be hitting Broadway in October. Reubens said he was incredibly gratified by Apatow's interest in collaborating on the feature film.
Reubens explains: "There is no one like Judd in our business — he loves comedy with emotion and heart, and he sees what we do as art. I can't believe I'm getting this opportunity to be working with him." Truly wonderful words for one of the best comedy filmmakers in recent years (although some might argue that). This is great news for anyone who is a Pee-wee fan, as Apatow's involvement will help make sure this feature gets made exactly the way Reubens wants it to get made. Any big fans of Pee-wee excited to hear this?