Netflix, the streaming service that has made something of a habit of giving fan-favorite properties a second (or third) life, is at it again. The company that gave Arrested Development a fourth season, and brought The Killing back from the dead, is now set to bring an all-new Pee-Wee movie to a TV near you.
According to The Wrap, Judd Apatow has brought his Pee-Wee production to Netflix. Paul Reubens. the creator of the character, who has also co-written the script for the new film, is set to return to the iconic role. This will be the latest leg of Pee-Wee’s comeback tour, so to speak. Starting with a surprise re-appearance on SNL in 2011, Reubens has been hard at work resuscitating the character. These efforts include a run on Broadway with a live show that then culminated in an HBO Special.
As of now, we do not know much else about the project. The plot has been kept under wraps, and we do not even know who will be directing it. We do know that Reubens has said that the film could go into production as soon as this coming February. The previous two films that featured the character- Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure and Big Top Pee-Wee– were directed by Tim Burton and Randal Kleiser, respectively.
This is the latest development for the film, which has been spoken about ever since Pee-Wee came back into the mainstream. At first, it was going to be made as a feature film and be brought to you by Universal Pictures. Perhaps seeing that the audience for the character is more of a niche, cult following, the move to Netflix just made sense.