What do you get when you cross a hesher, frat boy stoner with a creepy pale dude who never recovered from a LSD trip? No, not the next installment of Twilight starring James Franco. What you get is Judd Apatow producing the next incarnation of Pee-Wee Herman for the big screen. Generation Y adults have embraced the recent resurgence of the perverse Pee-Wee playland in an almost cultish manner; we can almost hear the deafening chants of “I know you are, but what am I” that incurred at The Pee-wee Herman Show revival at the Nokia Theater.
We can only imagine the fan boys tittering at the Judd Apatow/Paul Reubens one-two punch, but we can tell you more about the movie re-make! Click more for deets.
Today, the popularity of Pee-Wee Herman is almost as huge as it was in his heyday; both the Pee-wee Herman Show revival at the Nokia Theater in January and February and the Los Angeles Film Fest screening of Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure at the Orpheum Theater sold-out. 20-something adults and the younger generation have been able to overlook Paul Reuben’s 1991 arrest for indecent exposure. In fact, on the heels of the raunchy Apatow comedy genre, they are the perfect generation for a few “self-pleasuring in the theatre” jokes. Apatow agrees:
Let’s face it, the world needs more Pee-wee Herman. I am so excited to be working with Paul Reubens — who is an extraordinary and ground-breaking actor and writer. It’s so great to watch him return with such relevance.
Many people only think of Pee-Wee Herman as a silly children’s show host but that is only a minute part of Paul Reubens’ career; Reubens started off in late 1970s and early ’80s in Los Angeles comedy theatres, an HBO special, Pee-wee Herman on Late Night with David Letterman, and then Pee-wee’s Big Adventure directed by Tim Burton. After the popularity of Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, he did Pee-Wee’s Playhouse on CBS for four years.
Despite all his credibility as a performer, his indecent exposure incident kept him out of the spotlight for a very long time. But now, he has the opportunity to work with one of the most popular comedy producers of today and he feels blessed:
“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.”
We can’t wait to see the modern combo of Pee-Wee Herman as a perverse, absurd bromance. Will they bring Cowboy Curtis back to play Pee-Wee’s weirdo-in-crime?
There is no set release date for the movie, but start buying your tickets for Broadway. The Pee-Wee Revival is doing a 10-week stint on Broadway at the Stephen Sondheim Theater starting Oct. 26.
In the meantime, start memorizing movie lines and trivia starting with this…So, this guy, Pee-wee Herman walks into a bar and: