Dark Pee-wee Herman Movie May Happen with Uncut Gems Directors

James Marshall
January 31, 2020

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pee-wee Herman star Paul Reubens shared that he still wants to make his "Valley of the Dolls Pee-wee movie" and has been shopping the Pee-wee Herman Story script around.

THR reports that the script would follow Pee-wee Herman after he gets out of prison and becomes a famous Hollywood star, before falling into "severe" addiction. But it is interesting to hear that he's still trying to get it off the ground, and doubly interesting when you hear who he's been talking to about directing it: Josh and Benny Safdie, directors of the recent Uncut Gems. Let's say they made another one, and let's say it's this "dark" Pee-wee movie. An informal poll of the BMD staff reveals that we are not in agreement as to the general quality of 2016's Pee-wee's Big Holiday, and I honestly can't tell if younger viewers have much affection for the character. Even when that movie was being produced, Reubens was trying to convince Apatow that his dark vision for a Pee-wee movie, titled The Pee-wee Herman Story, was the way to go.

Reubens was arrested in 1991 for indecent exposure which ended his television career, a scandal he promises to speak about in his upcoming book. "It's about fame." Reubens has been pitching the dark Pee-wee movie to studios with a budget of $15 million, about half of what "Big Holiday" was made for but still a bit too pricy for many to take a chance on given the dark subject matter.

Reubens's quote on the film is $3 million, but with de-aging tech running around $1.5 million, finance departments like CAA, UTA, and Endeavor Content are skeptical about the viability of the project.

"I've referred to it as the Valley of the Dolls Pee-wee movie", Reubens, 67, told THR. Pee-wee would then be sent to a mental hospital for shock treatment therapy.

Reubens already has some potential funding from a United Kingdom super-fan, who offered $10 million of his own money for the film budget, according to a Hollywood Reporter source.

"I do feel like it's going to probably happen", he said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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