Proving that not even a public masturbation scandal can keep a good character down, Paul Reubens has once again been turning heads with his portrayal of pop culture icon Pee-Wee Herman. Recently, he’s been back on the stage portraying the character in a Broadway show. HBO even filmed a version of it, entitled The Pee-Wee Herman Show on Broadway, which is now looking to scoop up some Emmys.
With all of this new excitement surrounding the Pee-Wee Herman character, one must begin to ask oneself, “What ever happened to that new Pee-Wee movie that Judd Apatow was supposed to be producing?” Luckily, when they recently caught up with Reubens, The Hollywood Reporter asked him just that. In response, Reubens had the exciting update that, “Paul Rust and I just turned in a draft to Judd last week.” Reubens, for his part, seemed to be confident in the work they had done. He finished off the interview by sending a shout out to his producer saying, “Judd, if you’re reading this, I think it’s ready to green light!”
What can we expect from this new take on an old character? Reubens said of Apatow’s involvement, “He’s bringing such an interesting side to it. He’s constantly having us talk about and address the emotional core of Pee-wee Herman. It’s adding a dimension I never had before.” That sounds pretty typical for an Apatow produced film. Much is said about how he always manages to inject a good amount of heart into his vulgarity. It will be interesting to see if Pee-Wee can be made into more of a person and less of a cartoon, and still have people respond well to the character. I think it has potential to work; Pee-Wee has never been afraid to get emotional before, you just have to find the right childlike angle for him to get invested in. As long as the movie doesn’t rely on Pee-Wee hanging out with Apatow’s wife and kids to find its emotional resonance, I think we’ll all be okay.