Paul Reubens built on the popularity of his Pee-wee character when he released his first feature film, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure directed by Tim Burton. The movie and was a huge hit at the box office and eventually Reubens signed with CBS to develop the seminal Saturday morning children’s program Pee-wee’s Playhouse, which ran from 1986 to 1990.
Unfortunately in 1991, Paul Reubens was arrested in Florida and charged with indecent exposure. The scandal soiled his squeaky clean image, and CBS immediately dropped reruns of Pee-wee’s Playhouse from its lineup.
The actor is slowly making a comeback as of late with his exclusive Broadway engagement of The Pee-Wee Herman Show in which he brought back his character that made him famous.
Well not too long ago HBO announced that they would air the production sometime in 2011 for the fans who couldn’t make it out to New York or Los Angeles (the only two cities where the show played.
The series will premiere on March 19th and HBO has just released a trailer which you can see below. Enjoy.
Paul Reubens will also be teaming up with Judd Apatow for a new Pee-Wee movie. Reubens (who created and plays the manic Pee-Wee Herman) spoke more about the project that he’s co-writing with actor Paul Rust (I Love You, Beth Cooper) and that Apatow is producing. Speaking to The New York Times, Reubens said that he had scripts that would follow his wonderful children’s show Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, the classic Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure and the not-so-classic Big-Top Pee-Wee but also added that Apatow wants “a reality-based world and a linear road movie.”
The comedian went on to say:
“It’s at such an early stage right now that there still exists the possibility that this could turn into the Playhouse movie. I don’t think we know the answer to that yet.”
The plan was to have Reubens’ current stage show, Pee-Wee Herman Show, re-ignite interest in a new movie. Said Reubens:
“It’s not really the real world, it’s Puppetland. On Pee Wee’s Playhouse, on the television series we never left the playhouse, we were always inside the playhouse. The movie is all out of the playhouse,” he revealed. “There are two scenes in the playhouse, but the rest is out of the playhouse.”