Paul Reubens Says New Pee-Wee Herman Movie is Still on the Way
It's been a long road for Pee-wee's Playhouse: The Movie, the latest big-screen adventure for Paul Reubens' iconic Pee-wee Herman character. We wrote about this way back in '09, but it's been a while since we've heard any update on the project, which is being produced by Judd Apatow. Reubens is voicing a character in the new animated series "Tron: Uprising," and recently told Collider that filming on Pee-wee's next film is set to begin "any minute, supposedly" and after a "quick little rewrite" on the script, it's gearing up to start shooting "very soon." Sounds like good news for fans of the bow-tie wearing goofball. Read on!
Reubens said this at the press conference:
"We have a meeting this coming week, and we just did a very quick little rewrite on it. As far as I know, it’s getting shot very soon. I actually wasn’t supposed to talk about it, initially. I was talking about it in this very veiled, secretive way, saying, 'Oh, I wish I could talk about it.' A journalist figured out that it was Judd Apatow that I was talking about because my writing partner was in the audience and he’s written so much with Judd. So, it got leaked about six months to a year before it was supposed to. I’ve been warned not to talk about any of my new projects, but that I can talk about because I blew it and it’s out. It’s even on IMDB now. So, that’s supposedly any minute. Right after that, I’m following that up with two incredibly exciting projects. I would give anything to be able to just brag to you right now and drop some names, but I can’t. "
Personally, I'm not a fan of Pee-wee Herman, but I understand the appeal of another movie for people who grew up watching his television show and seeing his films. It's been almost 25 years since he last appeared in theaters, and Apatow's involvement seems to come from a place of genuine love for the character. Reubens and co-writer Paul Rust are trying something similar to what Jason Segel and Nick Stoller did with The Muppets last year, and it looks like they're finally ready to bring Pee-wee back to a wider audience. But the question remains: does the world actually want to see more of Pee-wee Herman? The Muppets are a lot easier sell because of their widespread appeal, and Pee-wee has always been more of a niche commodity in my eyes. But maybe Apatow's influence will be enough to make Pee-wee relevant again. Thoughts?