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Paul Reubens gives new details on the Judd Apatow-produced Pee-wee film

07.02.2010

Just yesterday, it was reported that cinematic comedy king Judd Apatow would be taking the producer reins of a brand new Pee-wee Herman film. Now, what exactly that film would be about wasn't explicitly made clear, but today in talking to The New York Times, the man-child himself Paul Reubens shed a little light on what we might be in store for.

From The New York Times:

Mr. Reubens has spoken frequently in interviews about two Pee-wee-centered film scripts he has written that would continue the adventures of his manic character seen in the movies “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” and “Big Top Pee-wee” as well as the CBS children’s series “Pee-wee’s Playhouse.”

But after Mr. Apatow read these scripts, Mr. Reubens said, “He was more interested in something closer, in the same vein and the same genre, as ‘Big Adventure.’”

What Mr. Apatow wanted, Mr. Reubens said, was “a reality-based world and a linear road movie.”

So that’s the path that Mr. Reubens and a co-writer, Paul Rust, are working along, for now.

“That appears to be what we’re doing,” Mr. Reubens said, “although it’s at such an early stage right now that there still exists the possibility that this could turn into the ‘Playhouse’ movie. I don’t think we know the answer to that yet.”


Pee-wee fans, which would you prefer to see on the big screen, something from "within" the Playhouse, or something more akin to BIG ADVENTURE? Personally, I wouldn't care which. The idea of having any number of Apatow's cavalcade involved on the acting front brings up too many great possibilities, no matter what the angle.
Extra Tidbit: That's Laurence Fishburne up there as "Cowboy Curtis".

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2:38AM on 07/06/2010
I don't really know which I would want to see, but if I had to pick I would lean more toward seeing playland. We've already seen two movies in the real world.
I don't really know which I would want to see, but if I had to pick I would lean more toward seeing playland. We've already seen two movies in the real world.
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11:45AM on 07/05/2010
Hmmm, not sure I'm interested in another Pee-Wee property. While I loved the show and films as a kid, I kind of grew out of it. I think that a real world meets Playhouse kind of thing would be interesting though. Something like a making of mixed with real life type thing.
Hmmm, not sure I'm interested in another Pee-Wee property. While I loved the show and films as a kid, I kind of grew out of it. I think that a real world meets Playhouse kind of thing would be interesting though. Something like a making of mixed with real life type thing.
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4:13PM on 07/04/2010
I agree with U George,"either or" type plot/scenario mentioned would be cool! I like this character both on the big screen and well the not so little screen any longer depending what size flat screen ya got rt?
I agree with U George,"either or" type plot/scenario mentioned would be cool! I like this character both on the big screen and well the not so little screen any longer depending what size flat screen ya got rt?
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10:51AM on 07/03/2010
big adventure never struck a huge chord with me. big top pee wee however was just magic. i like the idea of him being in a confined setting and having an effect on all the people around him more than him going on a road trip. pee wee is his own road trip
big adventure never struck a huge chord with me. big top pee wee however was just magic. i like the idea of him being in a confined setting and having an effect on all the people around him more than him going on a road trip. pee wee is his own road trip
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1:05PM on 07/02/2010
More Pee Wee, no Apatow.

Sorry, but Apatow is a failed stand-up comic who happened to get lucky with one movie, and then had a string of some really not-so-funny ones.

I'd rather have Ivan Reitman's kid on this directing. Apatow's just too unfunny and at complete odds with the Pee Wee brand of humor. Okay negative voters, let the negativity commence because I told the truth...
More Pee Wee, no Apatow.

Sorry, but Apatow is a failed stand-up comic who happened to get lucky with one movie, and then had a string of some really not-so-funny ones.

I'd rather have Ivan Reitman's kid on this directing. Apatow's just too unfunny and at complete odds with the Pee Wee brand of humor. Okay negative voters, let the negativity commence because I told the truth...
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5:42PM on 07/02/2010
-1 for calling your opinion the truth.
-1 for calling your opinion the truth.
11:42AM on 07/05/2010
Certainly because YOU think so, it's the truth huh? Only, box office mojo and rotten tomatoes disagree with your "truth". Just because YOU don't find him funny, doesn't mean that he isn't. I mean, who the heck are YOU anyway?
Certainly because YOU think so, it's the truth huh? Only, box office mojo and rotten tomatoes disagree with your "truth". Just because YOU don't find him funny, doesn't mean that he isn't. I mean, who the heck are YOU anyway?
12:51PM on 07/02/2010

Not Unless....

Cowboy Curtis better be in this flick.
Cowboy Curtis better be in this flick.
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11:52AM on 07/02/2010
So stoked for this. We lose so much of our childhood as time goes on (things fade away, people die, etc). In this case, we actually get a piece of it back.

Personally, I think they could add both elements--the playhouse and make it a road movie. It wouldn't be that hard to mix them up.
So stoked for this. We lose so much of our childhood as time goes on (things fade away, people die, etc). In this case, we actually get a piece of it back.

Personally, I think they could add both elements--the playhouse and make it a road movie. It wouldn't be that hard to mix them up.
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11:34AM on 07/02/2010
I dig Apatow produced flicks and all, but I hope "Mr. Apatow" doesn't force his ideas too much on "Mr. Reubens". I want to see a PeeWee movie that PeeWee himself wants to make, not "This is the movie you get to make, or no movie at all."

The two previously mentioned scripts, playhouse in the real world idea or the darker idea, both interest me more than more or less attempting to remake Big Adventure.
I dig Apatow produced flicks and all, but I hope "Mr. Apatow" doesn't force his ideas too much on "Mr. Reubens". I want to see a PeeWee movie that PeeWee himself wants to make, not "This is the movie you get to make, or no movie at all."

The two previously mentioned scripts, playhouse in the real world idea or the darker idea, both interest me more than more or less attempting to remake Big Adventure.
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10:49AM on 07/02/2010
Did anyone else read the interview in Pee Wee's voice or am I going nuts?
Did anyone else read the interview in Pee Wee's voice or am I going nuts?
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3:57PM on 07/02/2010
You may be going nuts. But hey, at least you'd be interesting.
You may be going nuts. But hey, at least you'd be interesting.
10:20AM on 07/02/2010

Big Adventure Please

I liked playhouse but a feature length film in the house would be too much. And yeah they can do the Large Marge face with CGI now.....NOT!
I liked playhouse but a feature length film in the house would be too much. And yeah they can do the Large Marge face with CGI now.....NOT!
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9:41AM on 07/02/2010
Any word on casting for Large Marge?
Any word on casting for Large Marge?
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9:03AM on 07/02/2010

Big Adventure

I think that is definitely the tone they should go for. That formula would be great for another Pee Wee flick.
I think that is definitely the tone they should go for. That formula would be great for another Pee Wee flick.
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8:21AM on 07/02/2010

I imagine it starting out . . .

. . . in our world. Maybe in the exact same house from Big Adventure and have Pee-Wee discover Puppet Land and meet all the crazy characters for the first time. I'm picturing practical effects and 2D and stop-motion animation. Don't think we'll get all that.
. . . in our world. Maybe in the exact same house from Big Adventure and have Pee-Wee discover Puppet Land and meet all the crazy characters for the first time. I'm picturing practical effects and 2D and stop-motion animation. Don't think we'll get all that.
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