Pee-Wee Herman’s New Film Finds A Director

John Lee will oversee Pee-Wee's Big Holiday


by James White |
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The word arrived via cheery, multi-coloured carrier pigeon (okay, just the regular old ‘net sources) in December that Pee-Wee Herman’s new film would debut on Netflix. Now we know a little bit more about it, including the fact that it’s called Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday.

John Lee, a director who has worked on shows such as Wonder Showzen and Inside Amy Schumer (which might be how he connected with Holiday producer Judd Apatow, who has just worked with Schumer on Trainwreck) will call the shots for the new film, focusing on Paul Reubens’ manic cheer sprite meeting a mysterious stranger and being inspired to take his first ever holiday.

“Judd and I dreamt up this movie four years ago,” says Pee-Wee. “The world was much different back then — Netflix was waiting by the mailbox for red envelopes to arrive. I’ve changed all that. The future is here. Get used to it. Bowtie is the new black.” Reubens wrote the script with Paul Rust and Netflix plans to debut the film around the world. There’s no set date for Pee-Wee’s return to our screens, but he’ll likely be back next year.

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