No one could’ve predicted the enormous influence and staying power Pee-wee’s Big Adventure would’ve had on American culture when the bizarre comedy hit theaters in 1985. But 29 years later here we are obsessing over a character Paul Reubens created while at The Groundlings years before Tim Burton would choose Pee-wee as the subject of his feature film directorial debut.
For the last three years, rumors have swirled about a new movie centered on Pee-wee Herman. The rumors also spurred newfound interest of Pee-wee’s Playhouse, the television series that aired from 1986-1991. Well, last night during his appearance on The Tonight Show, Reubens confirmed to Jimmy Fallon that there will, indeed, be a new Pee-wee Herman movie. And as rumors stated, Judd Apatow is set to produce.
“There is going to be one and I was hoping I could make this huge announcement tonight but it’s a week away from being announced,” Reubens told Fallon. “But yeah, Judd Apatow is producing it. This was all leaked three years ago, so a little bit is known…We’ve hired a director; I can’t say yet. But we’re going to start in February.” The real reason, it seems, Reubens visited The Tonight Show was to plug the release of Pee-wee’s Playhouse: The Complete Series, which includes all 45 episodes plus a truckload of bonus features. Check out Reubens and Fallon below!