Netflix Officially Picks Up 'Pee-Wee's Big Holiday' from Judd Apatow
by Ethan Anderton
February 24, 2015
Just before Christmas last year, we learned that the long-developing new Pee-Wee Herman movie from Paul Reubens and producer Judd Apatow was moving from Universal Pictures to the streaming service Netflix. At the time, no deal was in place, but now the streaming service has announced that they have officially picked up the film entitled Pee-Wee's Big Holiday. However, only small details about the plot are available as the story is said to follow a fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger that inspires Pee-wee Herman (Reubens) to take his first-ever holiday in this epic story of friendship and destiny. More below!
Apatow is pretty excited about the new endeavor saying:
“As a fan of Pee-wee Herman since he first appeared on The Dating Game, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the brilliant Paul Reubens on this film. It is a dream come true."
And Reubens is obviously thrilled too, adding:
“Judd and I dreamt up this movie four years ago. The world was much different back then— Netflix was waiting by the mailbox for red envelopes to arrive. I’ve changed all that. The future is here. Get used to it. Bowtie is the new black."
It seems like a bold pick for Netflix, but they're all about satisfying fans, no matter how niche. Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos says, "We didn’t hesitate for a moment knowing that Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday was such a passion project for Paul and Judd and we are delighted by the opportunity to introduce such a beloved character to a new generation. We are thrilled to bring our viewers around the world the wonder of Pee-wee Herman.” Production will begin in three weeks with a script that Reubens wrote with Paul Rust ("Comedy Bang Bang"), and "Inside Amy Schumer" and "Broad City" director John Lee will make his feature film debut on the project. It seems like a miracle that this movie is happening, but here we are.