While a Netflix spokesperson cautioned that there’s no deal in place yet, an unnamed individual who claimed to be close to the project said that “it moved to Netflix a gazillion months ago.”
A rebooted Pee-Wee Herman movie had previously been set up at Universal, though a studio spokesperson was stated as confirming that the “Pee-Wee project is no longer with Universal.”
The one-and-only Paul Reubens will return to reprise his beloved Pee-Wee character, as well as acting in the film. Reubens also co-wrote the script with comedian Paul Rust. Apatow will produce via his Apatow Productions banner.
Like the film’s director, plot details remain unknown, though Reubens has said that there is a filmmaker in place and production could start as soon as February.
In an interview with the A.V. Club in November, Reubens mentioned that “We now have such an amazing company involved, and that’s the really big announcement that hasn’t been made yet.” The “amazing company” Reubens was referring to was Netflix—a strong fit for the Pee-Wee Herman Movie given its limited theatrical upside and the character’s rabid cult fan base.
Netflix has already been gearing up to reintroduce Pee-Wee to younger audiences, as it currently has “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure,” “Big Top Pee-Wee” and “The Pee-Wee Herman Show” available on its service while “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse: Vol. 1” and “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse: Vol. 2” were added earlier this month. So get ready to see a whole lot more puppets, secret words and Paul Reubens coming very soon.