Long-awaited '80s favourite to hit Netflix in March
Netflix have released the first trailer for the long-rumoured return of Pee Wee Herman in Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday, it has emerged.
The much loved character, player by original actor Paul Reubens, has been absent from our screens since the mid nineties. Produced by Judd Apatow, the Netflix Original film is released on March 18.
The film follows Pee-Wee as he is suddenly uprooted from his beloved home of Fairville for the mean streets of New York after a chance encounter with actor Joe Manganiello.
The return of the classic character has been rumoured since Reubens made an announcement in 2014. You can watch the just-released official trailer below.
Titled Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, the feature film will premiere exclusively on Netflix in all territories in which the streaming service is available.
“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. It was rumoured in 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 on February 24 2015.
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.
‘Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday’ is released on March 18