Is he or isn't he????
There have long been talks about a new Pee-Wee Herman film. There's even a listing on the Internet Movie Database.
But, not too long ago, Pee-Wee creator Paul Reubens said that he was kidding and didn't plan on making another Herman film.
Well, he's changed his mind!
In this new interview the veteran funnyman sounds assured in his conviction of making another Pee-Wee movie. Yay!!!
"I feel like the time is really ripe right now," Reubens says. "A lot of the kids who grew up with the show are young adults. The college kids are middle-aged adults. I feel like I have enough of a built-in audience to make back an investment."
Reubens said he has two Pee-wee scripts ready to go. One is an extension of the famed TV show, "Pee-wee's Playhouse," only this story would take Pee-wee and his friends outside the house for the first time. "We never really went out into what we call puppet land," Reubens recalled of the show. "And this [film] takes place out of the playhouse. I think there are one or two scenes in the playhouse in the beginning. Basically it's all in a fantasy land," he said. "It's like a 'Wizard of Oz,' H.R. Pufnstuf epic adventure story." Reubens added that the story would bring back all of the original characters from the playhouse — live-action and puppets alike.
The other Pee-wee film, which Reubens called "the dark Pee Wee movie," is "not really very dark" and certainly not intended to be an R-rated film. "It's basically the story of Pee-wee Herman becoming famous as a singer," he explained. "He has a hit single and gets brought out to Hollywood to make musical movies, kind of like they did with Elvis. It all kind of goes downhill from there for Pee-wee. He turns into a monster. He does everything wrong and becomes a big jerk." Though he described it as a movie "about fame," Reubens insisted, "It's not autobiographical."
Though he said he's still likely to play Pee-Wee, Reubens also revealed that he's spoken to Johnny Depp about playing the beloved character.
Pee-wee's Big Adventure director Tim Burton needs to come back and do another Herman film with both Reubens and Depp.