Paul Reubens Says Apatow's 'Pee-wee' Movie is Ready for Greenlight?

June 26, 2011
Source: THR

Pee-wee Herman

Great news for fans of the lovable Pee-wee Herman - progress is being made on making that new Pee-Wee Herman movie! I'm sure the overwhelming reaction to his revival show and Broadway performances are helping keep everyone interested, but there's now an updated directly from Paul Reubens confirming that things are going well. THR (via The Film Stage) spoke with Reubens recently, initially asking him about the Emmys, then barely slipping in a quick question about the Pee-wee big screen movie, which producer Judd Apatow is supposedly developing with him. "Judd, if you're reading this, I think it's ready to green light!"

The last we'd heard about this, which was almost exactly a year ago, Apatow was just getting in the mix to produce, while Reubens was co-writing the script with Paul Rust. The project is supposed to be called Pee-Wee's Playhouse: The Movie and we first wrote about it back in late 2009 right when he was about to make his return. Now THR asks him about the status of it and when we'll finally see it. Here's his answer:

"Paul Rust and I just turned in a draft to Judd last week. He's bringing such an interesting side to it. He's constantly having us talk about and address the emotional core of Pee-wee Herman. It's adding a dimension I never had before. Judd, if you're reading this, I think it's ready to green light!"

It sounds like they just made some big strides with the script recently and that's fantastic to hear, as that can only mean great things for this. The Pee-wee Herman feature is said to be a road movie built around "a gigantic adventure," which will take place mostly "out[side] of the playhouse" give or take two scenes. Not much else is known beyond that. For those that have seen the Broadway show and/or watched the HBO presentation of the Pee-wee Herman Show and still can't get enough Pee-wee, this should be great news. With all the troubles other projects in development seem to be going through, glad to hear this one is doing well. I'm also glad to hear it's all going great with Apatow developing, too. We'll keep an eye out for updates.

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I'd watch it.

Quanah on Jun 26, 2011


I would too.

Xerxexx on Jun 26, 2011


I know you hate 3D Xerxexx... but I'd gladly shell out extra just to see the Rube-Goldberg breakfast machine and the joke shop scenes in 3D.

Anonymous on Jun 27, 2011


I won't. 

whatafy on Jul 1, 2011


I watched the Playhouse every Saturday morning when I was a kid. I was so excited when Adult Swim brought it back, but then it was gone after what seemed like a couple weeks, which was very disappointing. Much like Hey Vern, Its Ernest, it was still entertaining. Of course, the original Burton flick is timeless. I've got high hopes for this.

grimjob on Jun 26, 2011


HEY HEY HEY!!!!  Big Top Pee Wee is just as timeless, though a bit more shameless, as Pee Wee's Big Adventure. Shame on you for not mentioning it. It's okay, Dog-Faced Boy; he didn't mean it.

Anonymous on Jun 27, 2011


Yay! I loved Pee-Wee's Big Adventure as a kid.

Lamar on Jun 27, 2011


@Akirakorn:disqus I'll let you slide this time.

Xerxexx on Jun 28, 2011


I love the first movie, enjoyed the show and was extremely excited after seeing the HBO special, which is his NYC show, but Big Top Pee Wee is a fear that I can't erase from memory, although I've done a good job. Only goo thing that came from it was Benicio Del Toro.

Johnny Neat on Jun 27, 2011

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