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Uncut Gems directors approached for gritty Pee-wee reboot movie


In news we weren’t expecting to hear this week, or ever, Uncut Gems directors the Safdie brothers are apparently considering taking on a Pee-wee reboot movie in which the beloved playhouse-botherer develops “a severe pill and alcohol addiction”.

Pee-wee star Paul Reubens revealed the curious info in a brand-new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, in which he also discussed his frustrations with Netflix after the release of Pee-wee’s Big Holiday back in 2016 – Reubens wanted to take the character in a different, darker direction, and streaming boss Ted Sarandos wasn’t willing to stump up the cash. Thanks to the deaging technology the Big Holiday team used on Reubens during post-production, though, he felt that Pee-wee’s options were suddenly wide open.

“I was so buoyed by that, I realised, I could do [Pee-wee] for 10 more years if I wanted to. I think I could do it for a while longer, and just fix my face.”

Which is where the gritty Pee-wee reboot comes in. The idea had been a passion project for Reubens long before Big Holiday, and he thinks it’s never been a better time to work on it. He described the plot of the proposed movie to THR as following Pee-wee “as he emerges from prison to become an unlikely yodeling star; then moves to Hollywood and becomes a movie star; then he develops a severe pill and alcohol addiction that turns him into a monster.”

“I’ve referred to it as the Valley of the Dolls Pee-wee movie,” Reubens explained. “It’s about fame.”

Although he admits Netflix wasn’t interested in pursuing it, he has now approached the Safdie brothers, who are reportedly mulling it over.

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Reubens will be busy promoting the 35th anniversary of Pee-wee’s Big Adventure this year. The film allowed Reubens to spark a live-action kids TV series, Pee-wee’s Playhouse, which aired between 1986 and 1991. In 1988, a further film featuring the character was released. Big Top Pee-wee underperformed at the box office, and it would be almost three decades later that Pee-wee returned via Netflix for Pee-wee’s Big Holiday.

The Safdie brothers are riding high after two critically acclaimed projects. 2017’s Good Time, starring your new Batman Robert Pattinson, and last year’s Uncut Gems, their Adam Sandler-led masterpiece, have placed them in a good position to choose whatever they want to do next at their own leisure. Whether it’ll be a gritty Pee-wee reboot? We can only speculate: no.

Uncut Gems hit Netflix UK today.



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