American comedian Paul Reubens made quite a name for himself starting in the 1980s when he began performing on stage as the child-like character of Pee-Wee Herman: a character who has enjoyed the spotlight afforded by his own HBO special, a network television series, and two feature films to date. During the 1990s, Reubens largely put the character to bed, due in no small part to a 1991 sex scandal for which the comedian was arrested and brought up on charges of public indecency. However, Pee-wee was finally resurrected in 2007, and over the course of the next decade Reubens made his return known.
Now Netflix has picked up the rights to distribute the latest feature film featuring the eponymous character, Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, a forthcoming comedy event on the ever popular online movie streaming service. The film also now has a full-length trailer too, which you can watch above.
Following the unveiling of an initial teaser trailer, the latest footage that Netflix has released from Pee-wee’s Big Holiday offers even more insight into the film’s script. The new trailer sees Pee-wee headed off on world-wind adventure sparked when,”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,” in the form of a rugged, motorcycle riding Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike XXL). What follows is nothing short of what viewers have come to expect from the character, as Reubens’ cherubic imp finds himself in one bizarre and foreign situation after another.
Based on all appearances revealed from Netflix thus far, Pee-wee’s Big Holiday could be a captivating Judd Apatow production – and with any luck, screenwriter Paul Rust (Arrested Development) and first-time director John Lee (Inside Amy Schumer) will be able to do the property justice and bring Pee-wee Herman back to the attention of twenty-first century viewers. It’s been quite some time since Reubens last made an appearance as Pee-wee in a feature film production, though with any luck his latest outing will prove as successful as the original Tim Burton-directed Pee-wee’s Big Adventure from 1985.
Until the film finally sees release online in a few weeks (at the time of writing this), fans of the character from the 1980s can rest assured that Pee-wee Herman is finally back to his old tricks – only this time around he’ll be sharing screen time with some of the biggest names in movies of an entirely new generation. Pee-wee was once a marvel of the big and the small screen alike – and with his return to Netflix Rebuens might just be able to pull off the same feat yet again.
Pee-wee’s Big Holiday will be released on Netflix on March 18th, 2016.