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Paul Reubens updates us on Judd Apatow’s PEE-WEE movie

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
June 24th, 2011

Paul Reubens and Pee-Wee Herman are in a bit of a renaissance period if you will, with HBO's The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway receiving rave reviews and being a heavy-hitting contender in this year's Emmy Awards (CBS' Pee-wee's Playhouse won 22 Emmys in its 5 year run from 1986-1991).

Writer/director Judd Apatow is looking to bring everyone's favorite bowtie-wearing, bike-riding man boy back to the big screen. So what's the status of said film? According to Ruebens in an interview he did with The Hollywood Reporter, he and writer/actor Paul Rust (I LOVE YOU, BETH COOPER) have just finished their first draft and submitted it to Apatow last week.

Ruebens added about the director "He’s bringing such an interesting side to it. He’s constantly having us talk about and address the emotional core of Pee-wee Herman. It’s adding a dimension I never had before."

I always felt that 1985's PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE - directed by Tim Burton and written by Phil Hartman, Michael Varhol, and Ruebens - had a very dark, emotional side to it so it's good to hear that Apatow is tapping into that. I expect the other dimension that he's adding is cameos galore from the likes of Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Jonah Hill, and the rest of his circle of friends. And hopefully one from Laurence Fishburne, reprising his role as a Jerry-curled Cowboy Curtis.

Ruebens also exclaimed "Judd, if you’re reading this, I think it’s ready to green light!" so hopefully we'll start to see the camera rolling soon on PEE-WEE's return to the big screen.

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