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Netflix Greenlights New 'Pee-wee Herman' Movie

24 Feb, 2015 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Paul Reubens as "Pee-wee Herman"

‘Pee-wee’s Big Holiday’ connects actor Paul Reubens with Judd Apatow, with the latter producing

Netflix Feb. 24 announced it is partnering with comedy director Judd Apatow in the production of new feature film, Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, starring Paul Reubens as the fun-loving hero and creator of the TV, stage and film “Pee-wee Herman” franchise.

In Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, a fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger inspires Pee-wee Herman to take his first-ever holiday in a story of friendship and destiny.

Reubens, 62, created his character Pee-wee Herman in 1982 with “The Pee-wee Herman Show,” which HBO later turned into a special. The show was followed in 1985 by Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, directed by an unknown Tim Burton. “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” ran on CBS until 1990.

Reubens’ career and personal life took a sharp detour in 1991 when he was arrested for indecent exposure in Sarasota, Fla. The incident derailed the “Pee-wee Herman” franchise and kept Reubens out of the limelight and Hollywood for nearly a decade.

The Big Holiday production, which begins this year, will be co-produced by Apatow (Anchorman, Bridesmaids) and Reubens, who wrote the script with Paul Rust (“Bang! Bang!,” “Arrested Development”). John Lee (“Broad City,” “Inside Amy Schumer”) will make his feature film directorial debut.

“We didn’t hesitate for a moment knowing that Pee-wee’s Big Holiday was such a passion project for Paul and Judd,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement.

Reubens, in typical witty fashion, said Big Holiday would reflect the times, including home entertainment distribution.

“Judd and I dreamt up this movie four years ago. The world was much different back then — Netflix was waiting by the mailbox for red envelopes to arrive. I’ve changed all that. The future is here. Get used to it. Bowtie is the new black,” he said in a statement.

For more information, read Pee-wee Herman’s log (that’s blog without the “b”).

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