It’s been quite a long time since childhood icon, Pee-wee Herman last made an appearance on the big screen. It’s been 25 years, in fact, with Big-Top Pee-wee being the last installment back in 1988. So what’s a Paul Reubens to do? Well, the rumors have been circulating and the pot boiling for a couple of years now about a return to the franchise and now Judd Apatow, the producer linked to the film, has something new (if not completely astounding) to say.
Apatow appeared at Loyola Marymount University earlier in the month and talked about many things, one of which was the potential for a third Pee-wee flick. Here’s an excerpt from the talk. You can make the judgment yourself.
JUDD APATOW – …I went to see Pee-wee Herman live, he did a Broadway show a few years ago. Me and Leslie were laughing so hard. Everything about that character just makes me scream laugh, it’s so funny.
STEPHEN GALLOWAY – You were going to do a film with him?
JUDD APATOW – We’re pretty close to getting that going.
STEPHEN GALLOWAY – Does it have a title or subject?
JUDD APATOW – That’s a very good question. We’ve kicked around a couple of titles. Pee-wee takes a Holiday—that was one of them. But we have a great script that he wrote with a friend of mine, Paul Rust and I think we’re probably going to get to do that soon.
This accompanies many other reports that have been circulating around the potential project, including Paul Reubens himself telling people that they already had a script, a director and financing for the movie. Of course, that was last summer, so it’s been a while.
While I loved the Tim Burton-directed Pee-wee’s Big Adventure and used to sit around watching Pee-wee’s Playhouse as a kid, I have to wonder whether this boat set sail a long time ago. Reubens is, after all, (wait for it…) 61 fkn years old. Sure, he looks pretty damn good for his age, but will people buy tickets to see this thing?
Of course, if you look at Reubens’ recent return to the stage in 2010 (doing the Pee-wee Herman character), you’ll notice that the dude sold millions of dollars worth of tickets. Yes, even at 60ish, Pee-wee Herman still brings in the dough. And I’m guessing that won’t change as long as his fans are still alive and breathing.
What say thee, Nerd Readers? Would you welcome back an aging Reubens were he to put on the old Pee-wee costume and make another movie? Or has Pee-wee gone the way of the VCR, forever to be remembered fondly as that thing that sits in the back of your attic?