Yesterday, we reported the exciting news that Paul Reubens would be teaming up with Judd Apatow for a new Pee-Wee movie. Today, Reubens (who created and plays the manic Pee-Wee Herman) spoke more about the project that he’s co-writing with actor Paul Rust (I Love You, Beth Cooper) and that Apatow is producing. Speaking to The New York Times, Reubens said that he had scripts that would follow his wonderful children’s show Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, the classic Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure and the not-so-classic Big-Top Pee-Wee. However, Apatow said “He was more interested in something closer, in the same vein and the same genre, as Big Adventure.”
Hit the jump for more on what Reubens had to say about his new project. I also provide my thoughts on what I hope the new film will be.
According to Reubens, Apatow wants “a reality-based world and a linear road movie.”* However, the comedian also clarified,
“It’s at such an early stage right now that there still exists the possibility that this could turn into the ‘Playhouse’ movie. I don’t think we know the answer to that yet.”
The “‘Playhouse’ movie” Reubens mentions is one we first reported on last December. The plan was to have Reubens’ current stage show, Pee-Wee Herman Show, re-ignite interest in a new movie. Said Reubens:
“It’s not really the real world, it’s Puppetland. On ‘Pee Wee’s Playhouse,’ on the television series we never left the playhouse, we were always inside the playhouse. The movie is all out of the playhouse,” he revealed. “There are two scenes in the playhouse, but the rest is out of the playhouse.”
Personally, this is what I would like to see since it’s highly unlikely they’d be able to top Big Adventure. I’m sure fans also want to see something fresh and exciting for Pee Wee’s first feature film in over twenty years. Also, when you consider the leaps in special effects made over the past two decades, do you really want to ground a character as imaginative as
*Which is what Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure is. You can only lose your damn bike so many times before you don’t deserve to have one.