In one of the most unexpected but intriguing pairing ideas of late, it has been revealed that “Uncut Gems” and “Good Time” directors The Safdie Brothers are potentially considering directing a dark “Pee-Wee Herman” film reports THR.
Paul Reubens, who has played the character for decades, wrote the first draft of his “Valley of the Dolls Pee-wee movie” in the late 1990s and has been tweaking it ever since.
In the story, Pee-wee emerges from prison to become an unlikely yodelling star and then moves to Hollywood and becomes a movie star. He then develops a severe pill and alcohol addiction that turns him into a monster.
Reubens has apparently agreed to make the film for $15 million, $3 million of which goes to Herman and around $1.5 million on de-ageing tech. However, both Judd Apatow and Netflix, who greenlit 2016’s “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday” film, have already passed on the project and there is scepticism over its viability.
Reubens tells the trade he feels like “it’s going to probably happen” and he has “a couple of people interested” in the project.