In “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday”, a fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger inspires Pee-wee Herman to take his first-ever holiday in this epic story of friendship and destiny. This marks the first new Pee-wee movie in almost three decades after 1988’s “Big Top Pee-wee.”
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It also marks Netflix’s further expansion into the area of original content. First its own TV shows and now movies. What next, music?
Reubens can certainly use all of the work that he can get these days. Over the past 20 years he has been relegated to bit parts and doing voices in animated shows. So it was probably a no-brainer for him when offered the chance to be associated on a project with Judd Apatow whose movies make piles of money.
Judd Apatow (Anchorman, Bridesmaids) and Reubens, who worked together to bring the project to fruition, will produce the film. Reubens and Paul Rust (Comedy Bang! Bang!, Arrested Development) wrote the movie. John Lee (Broad City, Inside Amy Schumer) makes his feature film directorial debut with production beginning in early 2015.
“We didn’t hesitate for a moment knowing that Pee-wee’s Big Holiday was such a passion project for Paul and Judd and we are delighted by the opportunity to introduce such a beloved character to a new generation, ” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. “We are thrilled to bring our viewers around the world the wonder of Pee-wee Herman.”
“As a fan of Pee-wee Herman since he first appeared on The Dating Game, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the brilliant Paul Reubens on this film. It is a dream come true, ” said Judd Apatow.
“Judd and I dreamt up this movie four years ago. The world was much different back then— Netflix was waiting by the mailbox for red envelopes to arrive. Ive changed all that. The future is here. Get used to it. Bowtie is the new black, ” said Pee-wee Herman.