Netflix has ordered a new Pee-wee Herman movie co-produced by Judd Apatow.
Titled Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, the feature film will premiere exclusively on Netflix in all territories in which the streaming service is available. Paul Reubens will return as his much-loved alter ego Pee-wee Herman and also serve as a producer alongside Apatow.
“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,” Apatow said in a press release.
Reubens co-wrote the film’s script with Arrested Development writer/story editor Paul Rust, and a plot synopsis teases: “In Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, a fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger inspires Pee-wee Herman to take his first-ever holiday in this epic story of friendship and destiny.”
John Lee, behind the camera on numerous episodes of hit US sitcoms Broad City and Inside Amy Schumer, is on board as director and shooting is due to start next Month (March). It was rumoured last December (2014) that the streaming service had acquired the rights to a new Pee-wee Herman movie, but Netflix made it official in a press release sent out earlier today (February 24).
Pee-wee Herman said in the press release: “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.”
Reubens first played Pee-wee Herman in the late 1970s and the character became incredibly popular in the following decade, starring in the films Pee-wee’s Big Adventure and Big Top Pee-wee as well as the TV show Pee-wee’s Playhouse. Having rested the character for much of the 1990s, Reubens has revived Pee-wee in recent years for a popular Broadway stage show and numerous TV guest appearances.