Pee-Wee fans rejoice! We’re getting a new movie, this time with an edge.
In a rare recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Reubens’ announced his plans for the new film. And from the sounds of it, we couldn’t be more excited.
“Most intriguing of all,” the article states, “he’s been pitching studios on The Pee-wee Herman Story, a very un-Pee-wee-sounding screenplay that takes his puckish TV persona into dark and unexpected territory (Pee-wee gets sent to a mental hospital for shock treatment for his alcoholism, no joke).”
“In it,“ the article continues, “Pee-wee emerges from prison to become an unlikely yodeling star; then moves to Hollywood and becomes a movie star; then he develops a severe pill and alcohol addiction that turns him into a monster.” Reubens calls it the “Valley of the Dolls Pee-Wee movie”.
He has already begun pitching the script around town. Judd Apatow, who produced Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday passed on the script. So did Ted Sarandos with Netflix, saying “it doesn’t check off all the boxes of a Pee-Wee film”. The budget has been brought down to a doable $15 million dollars and he’s shopping it around town. He even pitched it to the Safdie brothers, who are now considering it.
This is actually a script that has been in the works since 1999. In 2007, he first started detailing it, and even planned for this to be the third Pee-Wee movie at a certain point. However, the next film was actually the much-lighter Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday.
Nevertheless, we simply can’t wait for this! Get your bike ready!