There’s far more to Paul Reubens than just Pee-Wee Herman. While yes, it is certainly the role he is most widely identified with, he has done a whole lot more than just Pee-Wee. Just look at his work in films like Mystery Men or Blow to truly appreciate his range as an actor.
Today, HBO has announced that Josh and Ben Safdie, known as the Safdie Brothers who recently directed Adam Sandler in Uncut Gems, will be producing a two-part documentary on Paul Reubens. And joining the Safdie’s as producers are Sebastian Bear-McClard and Emma Tillinger Koskoff, with Matt Wolfe directing.
“I’ve been working with HBO since they were called Home Box Office,” said Reubens, referring to The Pee Wee Herman Show, which he did onstage back in the early 80’s that was filmed for the cable network. “I’m honored and excited to continue my long history there. I love HBO, but I’m not going to marry them.”
“I’m thrilled to partner with HBO on Paul’s incredible life story,” said Tillinger Koskoff. “He is a once-in-a-generation talent whose brilliance created an indelible pop culture phenomenon. Audiences will be inspired and entertained by Paul’s creativity, resilience and determination as they get to know the person behind the iconic character.”
“We all know Pee-wee Herman; it’s time for the world to meet Paul Reubens,” said Wolf. “I can’t wait to share his story.”
Seeing as how private Reubens has maintained his personal life, especially after the 1991 movie theater controversy that we all know about, it will be interesting to see him talk candidly about some aspects of his life that we haven’t been privy to. We can’t wait to see it!