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Judd Apatow jumps aboard as producer on new Pee-wee Herman film

07.01.2010
Here in Los Angeles, back in January and February of this year, actor/comedian Paul Reubens' alter ego Pee-wee Herman performed to packed houses as his "Pee-wee Herman Show" revival caught the attention of both long-time fans and critics of the iconic and lovable "loner" and "rebel". The run was so successful that Reubens will next be taking it to Broadway for a 10-week stint at the Stephen Sondheim Theater this October.

And then... how about the silver screen?

According to Variety, after catching Reubens in his aforementioned live show, comedy god Judd Apatow was evidently impressed enough to start development on an untitled Pee-wee Herman feature for Universal. Apatow will serve as producer on the film while Reubens and actor/writer Paul Rust (INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, "Human Giant") will tackle the story which Variety describes as "a road pic built around 'a gigantic adventure.'"

"Let's face it, the world needs more Pee-­wee Herman," Apatow tells Variety. "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 adds, "There is no one like Judd in our business -- he loves comedy with emotion and heart, and he sees what we do as art. I can't believe I'm getting this opportunity to be working with him."

The next obvious question then becomes, "Who will direct?" Could it be someone from Apatow's stable? Or maybe even Tim Burton, returning to the character he first cut his cinematic teeth with? As a fan of Herman (and especially PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE), I'm excited to see where this one goes. It's already on the right track.
Source: Variety

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9:09AM on 07/01/2010
I can't tell you how long I've been waiting for this.
I can't tell you how long I've been waiting for this.
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8:03AM on 07/01/2010
Great, now lets get a director attached, I think it would be pretty cool if Tim Burton did, but I doubt it.
Great, now lets get a director attached, I think it would be pretty cool if Tim Burton did, but I doubt it.
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10:54AM on 07/01/2010
Its about time for a new Pee-Wee movie.
Its about time for a new Pee-Wee movie.
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6:08AM on 07/01/2010
this is awesome news! I saw the video you had on this site a while back when paul was talking about this movie. can't wait to see a trailer! I wonder if it will still be in puppet land?
this is awesome news! I saw the video you had on this site a while back when paul was talking about this movie. can't wait to see a trailer! I wonder if it will still be in puppet land?
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9:27AM on 07/01/2010

Burton

Would LOVE to see Burton back directing. And this sounds like its more of a direct sequel to Big Adventure. Which is fine by me. Would even love to see the old characters return, Large Marge, Mickey, Satans Helpers, be nice to see what theyre up to these days.
Would LOVE to see Burton back directing. And this sounds like its more of a direct sequel to Big Adventure. Which is fine by me. Would even love to see the old characters return, Large Marge, Mickey, Satans Helpers, be nice to see what theyre up to these days.
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8:34PM on 07/01/2010
Its good to see a new Pee-Wee Herman movie is getting made. I agree its time for a new generation to know Pee-Wee Herman. With Apatow attached to this movie, it looks good.
Its good to see a new Pee-Wee Herman movie is getting made. I agree its time for a new generation to know Pee-Wee Herman. With Apatow attached to this movie, it looks good.
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5:47PM on 07/01/2010
This is awessome. I wonder if any of the Apatow acting troop will be involved.
This is awessome. I wonder if any of the Apatow acting troop will be involved.
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1:38PM on 07/01/2010
A Pee Wee Herman movie - YES!

Helmed by Judd "I'm boring as fuck" Apatow - NO!
A Pee Wee Herman movie - YES!

Helmed by Judd "I'm boring as fuck" Apatow - NO!
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11:53AM on 07/01/2010

Hell Yes is right!

A new generatiopn deserves to witness the awesomeness that is Pee-Wee Herman!
A new generatiopn deserves to witness the awesomeness that is Pee-Wee Herman!
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11:32AM on 07/01/2010
Hell Yes! The world requires more Pee wee Herman. This is awesome news.
Burton? I don't know. I don't feel like he would be down with his after his Alice In Wonderland over the top style he has now.
Hell Yes! The world requires more Pee wee Herman. This is awesome news.
Burton? I don't know. I don't feel like he would be down with his after his Alice In Wonderland over the top style he has now.
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8:45AM on 07/01/2010
No offense to Paul or any of the fans, but I just find Pee Wee Herman to be a little too weird for me and on the creepy/scary side. It's always been like that for me since I have been a kid. Also, what Paul did in the theater doesn't help the image either.
No offense to Paul or any of the fans, but I just find Pee Wee Herman to be a little too weird for me and on the creepy/scary side. It's always been like that for me since I have been a kid. Also, what Paul did in the theater doesn't help the image either.
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10:22AM on 07/01/2010
The guy got caught rubbin' one out in a movie theater, granted not the best of places, but I'd say that relatively minor compared to what others celebs we like have done. Robert Downey Jr?
The guy got caught rubbin' one out in a movie theater, granted not the best of places, but I'd say that relatively minor compared to what others celebs we like have done. Robert Downey Jr?
1:02PM on 07/01/2010
I guess you've NEVER masterbated, unless it was in the privacy of YOUR own home? Come ON! Plus wasn't it an adult movie theater? That's what they do there!
I guess you've NEVER masterbated, unless it was in the privacy of YOUR own home? Come ON! Plus wasn't it an adult movie theater? That's what they do there!
8:42AM on 07/01/2010
What's next a Chuck Norris Kung Fu Commandos movie?
What's next a Chuck Norris Kung Fu Commandos movie?
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