Pee Wee Herman, played by Paul Reubens was beloved throughout the 80s and 90s… until that thing happened. That’s neither here nor there! Anyway, HBO Documentary Films has announced they’ll be producing a two-part documentary about the life of Paul Reubens.
According to Deadline, the documentary will also be co-produced by Elara Films, headed by Josh and Benny Safdie, the filmmakers behind Uncut Gems. Elara partners, Sebastian Bear-McClard and Joker producer Emma Tillinger Koskoff will also be supporting the production.
There’s going to be a lot of producer credits at the start of the documentary it seems. Also, documentarian Matt Wolf is slated to direct, stating
“We all know Pee-wee Herman; it’s time for the world to meet Paul Reubens,
“I can’t wait to share his story.”
Reubens will be participating in the making of the documentary.
“I’ve been working with HBO since they were called Home Box Office,
“I’m honored and excited to continue my long history there. I love HBO, but I’m not going to marry them,”
You read that quote in Pee Wee Herman’s voice, didn’t you?
Some might not know, but originally, when Reubens created the Pee Wee Herman character, it was made for adult audiences. He later turned it into a kid-friendly movie, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. With its success, CBS launched the Saturday morning show Pee-Wee’s Playhouse a year later and it ran until 1990.
Reubens is no stranger to controversy, being arrested on a number of occasions for crimes related to lewd acts and pornography, making him subject to public ridicule. He was able to get past it to get decent roles in movies like Ben Stiller’s Mystery Men and Blow.
When asked about producing the doc, Koskoff said,
“I’m thrilled to partner with HBO on Paul’s incredible life story,
“He is a once-in-a-generation talent whose brilliance created an indelible pop culture phenomenon. Audiences will be inspired and entertained by Paul’s creativity, resilience and determination as they get to know the person behind the iconic character.”
As of right now, there doesn’t seem to be any release date for the documentary.