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Paul Reubens teases long-rumored 'Pee-Wee' movie

By Ryan Reed and Jon Blistein, RollingStone.com
updated 1:55 PM EDT, Thu October 30, 2014
"Pee-wee's Playhouse" has been released for the first time on Blu-ray. The children's TV show ran from 1986-1990, winning 22 Emmys in its 45-episode run. Here, Pee-wee (Paul Reubens) is pictured displaying the day's secret word. So for the rest of the day, kids, whenever anyone says the word "begin," scream real loud, OK? "Pee-wee's Playhouse" has been released for the first time on Blu-ray. The children's TV show ran from 1986-1990, winning 22 Emmys in its 45-episode run. Here, Pee-wee (Paul Reubens) is pictured displaying the day's secret word. So for the rest of the day, kids, whenever anyone says the word "begin," scream real loud, OK?
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Paul Reubens has teased that a new Pee-wee Herman movie is in the works
  • He made the announcement on "The Tonight Show" Wednesday
  • The actor's character has recently returned to the spotlight

(RollingStone.com) -- Paul Reubens is dusting off his red bow-tie once more for a film revival of his iconic character Pee-wee Herman.

The comedian confirmed the Judd Apatow-produced film was moving forward during an appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" on Wednesday, but wasn't able to divulge too many details just yet.

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"There is going to be one," Reubens said. "And I was hoping I could make this huge announcement tonight, but it's a week away, I think, from being announced."

Reubens, however, did say that production on the film would begin next February and that a director had been hired as well, though he wouldn't say who.

"Steven Spielberg?" Fallon cracked. "Steven Spielberg!" Reubens gamely responded, before shaking his head no and adding: "It's called P.T."

As Reubens noted, news of a new Pee-wee Herman movie, and of Apatow's involvement, has been bouncing around for the better part of three years now. The script was written by Reubens and comedian Paul Rust — whose writing credits also include "Arrested Development" and "Comedy Bang! Bang!" — though what kind of adventure the titular hero will embark on remains unknown.

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The Pee-wee persona originally developed in the 1970s, evolving from Reubens' early improv work with Los Angeles troupe the Groundlings. After missing the final cut for the 1980 cast of "Saturday Night Live," Reubens adapted the eccentric character for the stage with "The Pee-wee Herman Show," which gained national exposure after being filmed and released by HBO as a 1981 special.

Of course, Pee-wee became a major star once he hit the big screen with 1985's Tim Burton-directed "Pee-wee's Big Adventure." The success of that bizarre comedy helped Reubens launch a TV series, the eventual cult-classic "Pee-wee's Playhouse," in 1986. A film sequel, "Big Top Pee-wee," was released in 1988, though was a critical disaster and relative commercial flop.

As a sign of his character's '80s legacy, Pee-wee (not Reubens) was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 1991, Reubens was arrested for indecent exposure in an adult theater in Sarasota, Florida. With Pee-wee then the punchline of dirty schoolyard jokes, Reubens retired the character for most of the decade.

In 2007, the actor appeared in character at Spike TV's Guy's Choice Awards, marking Pee-wee's first public appearance since 1992; then in 2011, Reubens appeared as Pee-wee in a "Saturday Night Live" segment opposite cast member Andy Samberg.

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