Safdie Brothers considering directing the story of Pee-wee Herman

  • Safdie Brothers considering directing the story of Pee-wee Herman

Safdie Brothers considering directing the story of Pee-wee Herman

For anyone who's been keeping up with the world of Pee-wee Herman, this news isn't entirely new: we've known Reubens has been interested in a "dark" Pee-wee project for many years (as THR points out, the script for this one was actually written back in the '90s, and tinkered with by Reubens ever since).

Reubens was arrested in 1991 for indecent exposure which ended his television career, a scandal he promises to speak about in his upcoming book. 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.

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 buying the Pee-wee Herman Story script around.

Reubens has reportedly spoken with the Safdies about helming the project.

Paul Reubens has been "aggressively shopping" a script for a new Pee-wee film in which the beloved character "gets sent to a mental hospital for shock treatment for his alcoholism", according to The Hollywood Reporter, which feels the need to clarify that this news is "no joke". But this is Hollywood. "I have a couple of people that are interested".

"I get to do something I love, that I created and that I made all the rules up to", Reubens told PEOPLE at the time.

Pee-wee Herman last made an appearance in Pee-wee's Big Holiday, which was released on Netflix in 2016. "It's been fantastic. I couldn't have asked for a better adventure".

He originally pitched the film as a $30-million project but has since dropped the price tag down to $15 million after getting rejections.