Netflix will release new Pee-Wee Herman Film Worldwide
“Your wish is granted. Long live Jambi!”
There is a new Pee-Wee Herman film in the works being produced by Judd Apatow and Netflix just announced that it will be picking it up to release through its online streaming service worldwide. Paul Reubens will be back to recreate that lovably strange character that pulled us in as children in the 1986 CBS TV series Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, the Tim Burton produced film Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1985) and Randal Kleiser’s Big-Top Pee-Wee, all of which can be enjoyed through Netflix’s service.
Co-Written by Paul Reubens and Paul Rust from Comedy Bang! Bang!, this movie is four years in the works and is a long time vision of Ruebens and Apatow. Paul Reubens first reawakened this Herman back in 2011 in a Saturday Night Live sketch with Andy Samberg and has since leant his voice to cartoon representations of said character with the intent of also then reawakening a new (and some old) fan base. John Lee, known from his directing of Broad City and Inside Amy Schumer, will be directing.
Though some might liken Netflix to “Direct to DVD” movies from days old, we shall see just how well they do when it comes to releasing their own movies. They have seen tremendous success with their original TV shows such as House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. They also have a four movie deal with Adam Sandler which will include The Ridiculous Six and have contracted with Weinstein Co. to release the sequel to Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. That’s kind of a big deal.
Needless to say, those of us with vague, and sometimes confusing, memories of this child-like, bow-tied persona, will be anxiously awaiting this long last recreation, especially seeing it through Judd Apatow’s eyes.