Faster than you can say “Mecca lecca hi, mecca hiney ho,” this writer’s unanswered wishes to Jambi have finally been granted.
In a recent interview for The Smurfs 2, Paul Reubens, known by many as Pee-wee Herman, announced that a new film starring the original giggling man-child finally has its director, script and financing. It’s worth mentioning that today’s secret word is: YES!
The report also says that a new TV show is on the way, which could possibly be an update of Pee-wee’s Playhouse, Reuben’s ‘80s children’s show. According to the report, nothing is official, but Reubens said an announcement is “imminent.”
“Short of something unforeseen like the studio going out of business, I think it’s very likely both these projects will happen next year,” Reubens told The Los Angeles Times.
As you might remember, Reubens stepped back into the checkered Pee-wee suit for the first time in 2007. The appearance was at Spike TV’s Guys’ Choice Awards and marked the first time Reubens donned the suit since his infamous arrest in 1991. Later in 2010, Reubens revived the character for a stage show in Los Angeles, and there have been rumors of a Judd Apatow-produced film ever since. The original Pee-Wee’s Playhouse aired from 1986 to 1990. Herman has appeared as a lead in two movies, the Tim Burton-directed Pee-wee’s Big Adventure and Big Top Pee-wee.