Remember that new Pee-wee Herman movie that Judd Apatow is supposedly producing and Paul Reubens has been yapping about since back in 2010? What the heck ever happened to that project? Well, apparently work has very quietly been progressing on it, because Reubens recently talked to the LA Times about his current role in The Smurfs 2, and when talk turned to the possibilities of a new Pee-wee movie, he had quite a bit of new information to share.

Apparently the script for the new film is finally finished, financing has come through, a director has been chosen (though he won’t spill the beans who), and the new Pee-Wee should go in front of cameras sometime next year. And it turns out new information regarding the latest Pee-Wee sequel wasn’t the only news Reubens had up his sleeve either.

He also claims that he’s been developing a new Pee-wee TV show, to follow-up his beloved Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, and he’s so confident about how that process is going he’s described production on the show as “imminent,” and said that it’s likely to air in 2014. Of course, Reubens has gotten us excited about the possibility of new Pee-wee before, and we’ve yet to see results, so should we really trust him that these things are coming together this time?

We’ll leave you with a direct quote from the man, and you can decide for yourself. Reubens assured the Times, “Short of something unforeseen like the studio going out of business, I think it’s very likely both these projects will happen next year.” Suddenly this snoozefest we’re calling 2013 can’t get over soon enough.

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