Friday, July 2, 2010

Pee-wee's Back Baby!

Pee-wee’s Playhouse: The Movie is the kid friendly film written and starring everyone’s favorite theater masturbator, Paul Reubens. One of two screenplays Reubens has written for his iconic character, Pee-wee’s Playhouse: The Movie is the kid version, versus the adult-themed script he has also been shopping around.

Reubens has recently done a series of sold out shows as his greatest creation, and the performances have done a great deal to enhance his credibility, as well as the likelihood that the film will be made. Judd Apatow is the producer responsible for Pineapple Express, Step Brothers, Superbad, and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy to name a few. Now appears to be adding something else to the list: Pee-wee Herman’s return to the silver screen.

Variety reports that Apatow has signed on to produce a Pee-wee Herman film for Universal Pictures via his own Apatow Productions. What’s more, the movie’s script is currently being crafted by none other than Pee-wee (Paul Reubens) himself. “I am so excited to be working with Paul Reubens — who is an extraordinary and ground-breaking actor and writer,” Apatow told Variety. “It’s so great to watch him return with such relevance.”

The character of Pee-wee Herman has indeed experienced a resurgence in popularity this year, which is evident in the sold-out crowds turning up to see Paul Reubens’ Pee-wee Herman Show, on stage at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles now and headed to Broadway soon. With 20 years now between Reubens and that infamous 1991 indecent-exposure incident, it seems the public has finally elected to lift its widespread distaste for all things Pee-wee.

“Let’s face it, the world needs more Pee-wee Herman,” Apatow says. We’re not sure if we believe him. But then again, we may not have green-lighted a movie that features middle-aged virginal man with a toy-painting hobby getting his chest waxed. Thankfully, someone did.