‘Knocked Up”s Judd Apatow to produce Pee-wee Herman film

Once-disgraced star is on the comeback trail

Knocked Up and Superbad director Judd Apatow is producing a new Pee-wee Herman movie, with the actor who played Herman, Paul Reubens, writing the screenplay.

Apatow became interested in the project after seeing the actor perform on stage in Los Angeles.

Reubens, 57, first played Pee-wee in The Groundlings, and had a successful TV career with the character, even starring in the 1985 Tim Burton-directed film, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.

His career nosedived in 1991 after being arrested and charged with indecent exposure in a Florida cinema, but has since been revived in recent years thanks to his stage work.

Reubens‘ movie comeback also includes him lending his voice to Jokey Smurf in the new animated version of The Smurfs starring Katy Perry and Neil Patrick Harris.