The film was originally attached to Universal, but “moved to Netflix a gazillion months ago,” a source from the project told The Wrap. Netflix has yet to confirm news of deal, but has already made several past Pee-wee Herman films and TV programs available through its streaming service.
The as-yet-untitled film will mark the third in the Pee-wee Herman series, following 1985’s Pee-wee’s Big Adventure and 1988’s Big Top Pee-wee, as well as the CBS TV series Pee-wee’s Playhouse, which aired between 1986 and 1991. Reubens has portrayed the character on several occasions since then — including a stage show in 2010 — though a new film has been stuck in developmental hell for the last half decade.
Reubens previously said the film would be titled Pee-wee’s Playhouse: The Movie and focus on the characters from the TV show — specifically, they’ll leave the playhouse for the first time, in search of a missing character.
Additional details are as-yet-unannounced, however, Reubens said there is a filmmaker in place and production could start as soon as February.