A documentary about the life and career of Paul “Pee-wee HermanReubens is in the works at HBO. A two-part documentary, the project comes from HBO Documentary Films and Elara. Uncut gemstones directors Josh and Benny Safdie will also produce with their producing partner Sebastian Bear-McClard Joker producer Emma Tillinger Koskoff. Matt Wolf will direct.
“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,” Reubens said of the project in a statement issued to Deadline
“I am thrilled to work with HBO on Paul’s incredible life story,” said Tillinger Koskoff. “He is a one-off talent whose genius has 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.”
Wolf added, “We all know Pee-wee Herman; it’s time the world met Paul Reubens. I can’t wait to share his story.”
Starting his career as an improv actor, Paul Reubens created the Pee-wee Herman character in the early 1980s. When Pee-wee proved to be a hit with a live audience, HBO produced a special on his show, which first introduced Reubens to worldwide fame. This would lead to Reubens starring as the iconic character in two films, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure and Big Top Pee-wee, late eighties. He also starred in the popular children’s show Pee-wee’s Playhouse during that time.
Word is HBO’s Paul Reubens doc. Will focus not only on the comedian’s decades-long career as Pee-wee Herman, but also on his personal life, dating from before creating the character to the two decades he spent pursuing other projects in between stints with the gray suit and red bow tie. During that time, Reubens took on a plethora of more serious roles, including parts in the adult superhero movie Mystery Men, the teen horror movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the cocaine-focused Johnny Depp movie Blow
Reubens has since returned to the role that made him famous and once again embraced the suit and tie for the 2017 Netflix movie Pee-wee’s Big Holiday. He has also returned to the stage with a resurrection of The Pee-wee Herman show on Broadway. Last year Reubens had been on tour Pee-wee’s Big Adventure for the 35th anniversary of the classic comedy, but the pandemic halted the tour shortly after it started.
For the most part, Reubens has been very private about his personal life. Directly involved in the documentary, fans can learn more about the legendary artist straight from Reubens than they ever knew before. Since HBO was also where Reubens started his television career, it only makes sense that he has come full circle again to tell his life story. There is no notification yet when the document will be released. This news comes from Deadline.
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