Friday, May 24, 2024

Pee Wee Herman is Back with New Feature Film “Big Holiday” for Netflix!


Pee Wee Herman is back! Sources tell me Paul Reubens is rounding up his old crew and casting for new some friends in his first feature film in a long time. Netflix will be making and showing the film, another incursion by Ted Sarandos and co. into the world of movie theaters.

“Pee Wee’s Big Holiday” is produced by Judd Apatow, along with Paul Reubens. Executive Producers are Josh Church and Richard Vane. The movie is written by Reubens and Paul Rust, and directed by John Lee.

Some of the characters include Pepper and Freckles, described as pretty and tough girls in their late 20s – late 30s, who may also be bank robbers; Penny, an eccentric Katharine Hepburn type heiress. She’s described as “a bit of a throwback to old Connecticut money from the 30s or 40s and should have a big personality. And “Grizzly Bear”
a big bearded rugged Mountain man who has taken to the woods to live.

It’s a little interesting that Apatow, who is so fervent about Bill Cosby, has no issue with Reubens. But that can be debated later.

It’s been 30 years since “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.” The sequel came out in 1988. Reubens has worked on and off for years, memorably on “Murphy Brown.” The time seems right to bring it all back, and a Netflix feature could lead to a series.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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