Straighten your bowtie and tune up your bicycle, because Pee-Wee Herman is officially back in action.
Netflix announced this week that production will begin on Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday in just three weeks, bringing Paul Reubens’ eccentric alter ego back to the screen for a new movie that will premiere on the streaming video service. The film will be produced by Reubens and Judd Apatow (Bridesmaids, Anchorman), with a script penned by Reubens and Arrested Development and Comedy Bang! Bang! writer Paul Rust, and filmmaker John Lee making his directorial debut with the project.
The film will follow the inimitable Pee-Wee Herman as he’s inspired to take his first-ever holiday after a meeting with a mysterious stranger.
“We didn’t hesitate for a moment knowing that Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday was such a passion project for Paul and Judd and we are delighted by the opportunity to introduce such a beloved character to a new generation,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos in the press release accompanying the announcement. “We are thrilled to bring our viewers around the world the wonder of Pee-wee Herman.”
Filming is expected to begin on Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday this March. There’s no word on when the movie is expected to premiere on Netflix at this point.
“Judd and I dreamt up this movie four years ago,” added Reubens. “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.”