Judd Apatow Producing New Pee-Wee Herman Movie

Published 5 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 3:15 pm,

Pee-Wee Herman is going on another big adventure! Variety is reporting that producer Judd Apatow is teaming up with actor Paul Reubens for a new film featuring the iconic character. Reubens recently resurrected the Pee-Wee persona for a series of stage shows in Los Angeles and Apatow’s interest was piqued after attending one of those performances:

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

Reubens will co-write the script with actor/writer/stand-up comedian Paul Rust. The plot description is very vague at this point but it’s apparently “a road pic built around a gigantic adventure.”

Reubens developed the character of Pee-Wee with the help of Phil Hartman while both were members of the Groundlings comedy troupe. After a cameo appearance in Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie, Reubens decided to take the character to the stage and developed The Pee-Wee Herman Show. It debuted at the Groundlings theatre and was later moved to The Roxy Theatre to accommodate larger crowds. During its run at The Roxy, HBO filmed one of the performances and released it as a special which helped push Pee-Wee’s popularity to new heights.

Reubens began making frequent appearances as Pee-Wee on Late Night with David Letterman and not long after Hollywood came calling. 1985’s Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure was the directorial debut of Tim Burton and a huge box office hit. The success of the film lead to the Saturday morning children’s program Pee-Wee’s Playhouse which ran for five years.  While the original stage show had featured humor that was more adult in nature, the film and television series introduced the more widely known kid-friendly version of Pee-Wee.

The change in tone was certainly a lucrative decision for Reubens, but being known predominantly as a children’s entertainer made his 1991 arrest for indecent exposure all the more damaging to his career. The Pee-Wee character wasn’t dusted off until late last year when Reubens brought him back to the stage.

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This might be presumptuous on my part but given Apatow’s past projects and the fact that the current stage show is more in line with the original incarnation of Pee-Wee, it seems probable that this new film will be geared more towards adults than kids.  Apatow hits more often than he misses and Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure still makes me laugh so I think this is great news. I’m very excited to see what these two can come up with. There’s also no way it could possibly be any worse than Big Top Pee-Wee (I was seven years old when my dad took me to see that and I left the theater mad at the world).

What do you think of a Judd Apatow produced Pee-Wee Herman movie? Which version of the character do you prefer and are you ready to see him back on the big screen?

Source: Variety

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  1. I’ve been waiting for a new Pee-Wee movie. I think Judd can do it justice. Can’t wait for new info on this. Awesome!

    • so, will we be getting an R rated version of Pee Wee? that would be awesome LOL

  2. Cool news

  3. An R rated version of Pee-Wee would be hilarious. I loved the first film when I was young, best part was the trucker scene when she flashes her monster face to him. Pee-Wee with a Judd Apatow flare would be cool.

    • Dennis,

      That’s funny, my reaction is the complete opposite.


  4. Really Vic ? I love this news I don’t want it to be R rated but a hard Pg 13 would be great. I like Apatow and Pee Wee. My honest to god opinion was Pee Wee was the best film Tim Burton ever made.

    • Oh my dear lord you can not be serious. Please tell me you are joking. I have seen you post so many things about how bad you hate movies, writers, actors, tv shows, etc. Now I know why you hate everything so bad… you have no taste. So far I have only seen 2 things you have not stood on your soap box and peed on. Those are the Hellboy movies and Pee Wee Herman. Granted, I think that Pee Wee is alright. He had his moments and he can be funny but to say that this was the best movie that Tim Burton has ever done. Wow. That is just sad.

      • bob,

        You know, it is possible to disagree with someone without attacking them.


        • I was not attacking. I was stating a fact. I apologize if I offended you with my post. I am on your site everyday and I love it. It justs amazes me that someone that hates almost everything thinks that it was Tim Burton’s best film. I usually keep things pretty low key and try to keep my comments user friendly. I said this to him because almost every time I look thru comments I see how bad he hates everything. That is why I said what I said. Once again I apologize to you and keep up the good work.

  5. By the way an R rated PeeWee film would ruin the point of the character. It should have lots of innuendo but it doesn’t need F words or sex scenes what makes peewee so funny is that it pushes the line with out crossing it.

    • i dont think of herman as an F bomb slingin guy, it’d just be funny to see that type of humor be let loose without him resorting to F bombs

      • Daniel’s right, the character is more about innuendo and was always playful, not crass. Since Apatow was inspired by the stage show, hopefully it’ll be in the same vein.

        Even though the movies and TV series were more “kid friendly”, that’s not to suggest Pee-Wee was ever over the top filthy in any of his incarnations.

        Though the idea of an Andrew Dice Clay-ish Pee-Wee making unsuspecting children cry tickles my funny bone something fierce.

        • i never said anything about it being a dice-man-ish Pee Wee lol

          • Haha… I know, I know… that’s just something that came to mind when you said “F bomb slingin” =-)

            • besides, it might be funny to see him and miss yvonne getting it on

  6. I loved the Pee Wee movies ( 1st was better ) .

    Pee Wee with an edge ? R rated ? Hell Yea !! that would be very cool !!!

  7. WeklDWell aparently you havnt read my comments because I’ve also talked about how much I love Most things by Nolan or Joss Wheadon or most Ridley Scott films. There are many films I’ve went on about how much I love and I’ve mentioned Hell boy maybe twice I talk about Batman and Serenity far more. I’ve listed several times how terrible I think Burton is. This shouldn’t be a shock. Also I couldn’t care less about how you feel about my taste go watch Transfirmers or another crappy remake by Tim Burton and I’ll enjoy good films. Have a nice day Bob.

  8. Two wankers working on the same movie – that will get messy!


    Sorry, but i couldn’t resist!

    • two reasons i’ll see this..the rock..and action

  9. oops wrong topic, thought i WAS STILL ON THE FAST 5 TOPIC!

  10. Directed by
    Raja Gosnell
    Pee wee herman
    Adam Sandler as Pee wee herman
    Kavin hart voice of couch
    And more

    • Do couch and stuff 3d animated