First Photo From PEE-WEE'S BIG HOLIDAY
Paul Reubens has offered us our first look at his new Pee-Wee movie, Pee-Wee's Big Holiday. The movie has been shooting for the last couple of days, and Reubens has started blogging about his experiences. One of the first things he posted was the image above, and it came along with the following comment:
"Wow, am I tired! Just finished the second day of filming. Hitchhiked yesterday all day. Got a ride, hitchhiked some more, then got another ride. A lot of traveling in two days!"
The story centers around "a fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger [that] inspires Pee-wee to take his first-ever holiday in an epic story of friendship and destiny." There's also an interview that he did with Entertainment Weekly that offers up a few additional bits of information regarding the film. Here's what he had to say:
"We’ve been writing it for five years almost, on and off. It was just announced, but the offer from Netflix came a year ago. It took a really long time to get from there to where we are now. I went on Jimmy Fallon before Halloween—the announcement was going to be made on his show—and at the last minute they weren’t ready. I just thought people had stopped believing me when I told them it was happening. Now people are like, 'Oh my god, you weren’t a liar!'"
He then goes on to discuss the idea of the movie, saying:
"It’s a road-trip movie across the country. It’s very similar in style and tone to Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. But it’s not about a bicycle. I never really thought of Big Adventure as a family movie, but I didn’t try to make an adult movie or a kid movie. We wanted to make something that appealed to a wide age range, and I think that’s the case with this movie also."
He then talks about 2015 being the 30th anniversary of the character:
"I don’t think it’s real different. But it can’t be the same because nothing’s the same. I’m older—physically, mentally. But I want to rise to the occasion. I don’t want it to be a movie where people go and say, 'Wow, should he have made this movie?' I haven’t put the suit on other than for costume fittings, but that’s been the amazing thing about Pee-wee Herman over all the years, even right from the get-go when I first did it: It’s just something that’s inside me somewhere, and I’ve always been able to switch it on and switch it off. So it feels the same way to me in that respect. I put that suit on, I make a certain face and get in a certain mind frame, and there he is."
The movie is being produced by Judd Apatow, and directed by John Lee. It's set to officially premiere on Netflix on a date that has yet to be determined.