January 24, 2017

Pee-wee Herman will hit the bigscreen again thanks to Judd Apatow

Hollywoodnews.com: After staging a critically acclaimed stage show in Los Angeles, Pee-wee Herman has caught the attention of Hollywood once again: Judd Apatow is looking to produce the comedian’s next feature film.

Pee-wee Herman’s last movie, “Big Top Pee Wee” was released 22 years ago. Paul Reubens (Herman’s real-life alter ego) is currently writing the feature with Upright Citizens Brigade alum and “I Love You, Beth Cooper” star Paul Rust.

Vulture read the Variety story.

“Let’s face it, the world needs more Pee-wee Herman,” Apatow said. “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.”

Like his first film, “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure,” the Apatow film will see Herman on another road trip.

Reubens started the character of Pee-wee Herman in 1982 for a show at the Groundlings theater, his comedy alma mater.

Though a child-like persona, Herman was originally intended for mature audiences in his infancy. However, success soon followed, particularly among a younger demo after Tim Burton’s “Big Adventure” film in 1985. Reubens soon took the character to CBS as part of its Saturday morning programming from 1986-90.

However, in 1991, Reubens was found in an X-rated theater in Sarasota, Florida and arrested for indecent exposure, essentially halting his career and his Pee-wee persona for years thereafter.

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