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?
Reader Feedback - 11 Comments
my fam likes to make fun of him. Though i have to say he does give me the creeps, but not in a pedaphilic way. He's nightmarish creepy. Like leading me into a dark alley then ripping my guts out creepy. I've never been a huge fan of him but there are plenty who would want to see this done. gotta get familiar with apataw's work.
Eli on Jun 30, 2010
I love Pee Wee. So he jerked off in a porno theatre....how in the hell that is grounds to take away his entire career for 2 decades is beyond me. Go Rubens, give us one hell of a show.
Al on Jun 30, 2010
HE DID WHAT? LOL. I heard something like that. so what if he did? lol. it's a porno theatre. You know who else gives me the creeps is the Child Catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. i had to like that movie cause that was considered intense in our household growing up. lol. I actually had a nightmare about that guy and his long, pointy nose.
Eli on Jun 30, 2010
Pee Wee Herman! Starring Paul Ruebens! "Coming", in a theater near you.
Dave Lister, J.M.C. on Jun 30, 2010
"you know those tags on mattress's that say do not remove? well, i ripped one off. Yeah, i got a real bad temper." this is amazing news. I'm SO FRIGGIN HAPPY
John Stamos on Jun 30, 2010
I'm down for some quality Pee Wee to rid myself of Big Top Pee Wee, LOL, even if it introduced Benicio Del Toro. Anyhow I showed the first adventure movie and the series to my then 9 year old son, now 10, and he beyond LOVES it, even still. Pee Wee's playhouse even has my younger 10 month old son, 2 year nephew and 1 year old niece all captivated by Pee Wee and his world. There is without a doubt something there. So bring it! As for his little incident, Ruben should have known better. Yeah I agree porn theaters are where things, such as masterbating, happens but it was Sarasota, FL of all places. It really comes down to what happens in even bars/clubs all over. You go in for a drink and they authorities really believe no one leaves drunk and drives home? That's why when quotas are low or you get the attention of an officer you will be targeted coming out of those places. In Ruben's case he should have known some place like where he was could alert those that wish to not only put their establishment on the map but get some cash on the side for having gotten "Pee Wee Herman" the star arrested, for something that is common in a porn theater. Now as for Ruben being shocked about him losing the Pee Wee gig, come on what did he expect would happen in those circumstances? He also didn't help his image to be arrested for vintage porn, although that supposed "tip" was also suspect. All in all I have to say, being arrested for masterbation in a theater of porn is LAME but watching gay porn and being a celebrity who plays a character for children audiences is STUPID. Getting arrested for vintage pornography in a personal collection is SUSPECT, but having porn that displays children or people underage no matter how old is DISTURBING and one of the excuses the wealthy use to have such pornography.
Johnny Neat on Jul 1, 2010
#4 that made my day, haha.
Al on Jul 1, 2010
- Tim Burton + Seth Rogen = GO FUCK YOURSELF!
twittwit on Jul 1, 2010
I hope Apatow doesnt decide to throw in alot of dick and fart joke or the "F" word every 2 seconds
D on Jul 1, 2010
ya gotta love Pee Wee....at least he is original...and he aint fu*ked up any worse than any other Hollywood celebs..I hope this flys...I will definately go see it....
blasphemer on Jul 1, 2010
should not be made!
A5J4DX on Jan 5, 2011
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