Today’s secret word is: Neflix—because that’s where the Judd Apatow-produced Pee-wee Herman movie is going to make its worldwide premiere. Now everybody scream!
This film has been in the works for quite some time, but it wasn’t until December that reports started surfacing claiming Netflix was in talks to premiere the movie. Netflix made the official announcement Tuesday.
Paul Reubens, who co-wrote the script along with Paul Rust, will reprise his role as Pee-wee Herman and also produce with Judd Apatow. John Lee, who has directed episodes of Comedy Central shows including Inside Amy Schumer and Broad City, is set to direct when production begins in March.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the first Pee-wee film, the Tim Burton-directed Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. That movie was born out of Reuben’s The Pee-wee Herman Show, which he performed at Los Angeles’ Groundlings Theatre beginning in 1981. After the success of the feature film, Reubens went on to portray the quirky character on kids’ show Pee-wee’s Playhouse and has made appearances as Pee-wee on multiple shows over the years ranging from Conan to Comedy Bang! Bang!.
This new film, titled Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, will follow Pee-wee as he take his first vacation ever after meeting a mysterious stranger. Netflix has not announced a release date yet.