Well, there’s somethings you just assume you won’t see again. Not that we gave it much thought, but we just figured at some point in the past, that Paul Reubens would not be playing Pee Wee again anytime soon.
We thought wrong.
The actor revealed this new image today from Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday which is still currently shooting. Reubens has been blogging about the shoot so far: “The story centers around “a fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger [that] inspires Pee-wee to take his first-ever holiday in an epic story of friendship and destiny.”
The actor has also been talking to GeekTyrant about the movie: “It’s a road-trip movie across the country. It’s very similar in style and tone to Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. But it’s not about a bicycle. I never really thought of Big Adventure as a family movie, but I didn’t try to make an adult movie or a kid movie. We wanted to make something that appealed to a wide age range, and I think that’s the case with this movie also.”
The character of Pee Wee is 30 this year but that’s not an issue says Reubens: “I’m older—physically, mentally. But I want to rise to the occasion. I don’t want it to be a movie where people go and say, ‘Wow, should he have made this movie?’ I haven’t put the suit on other than for costume fittings, but that’s been the amazing thing about Pee-wee Herman over all the years, even right from the get-go when I first did it: It’s just something that’s inside me somewhere, and I’ve always been able to switch it on and switch it off. So it feels the same way to me in that respect. I put that suit on, I make a certain face and get in a certain mind frame, and there he is.”
Personally, I’ve never been a Pee Wee fan, but I know there’s a lot of people out there who really like the character, so we’ve no doubt this will be something a lot of you are looking forward to.
The movie is being produced by Judd Apatow and directed by John Lee. It will air on Netflix at some future point.