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.
“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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