HBO Documentary Films has announced that production is already underway on a two-part documentary about Pee-wee Herman actor Paul Reubens. Directed by Matt Wolf (Spaceship Earth) and co-produced by the Safdie Brothers (Uncut Gems), the films don’t yet have a release date.
The official synopsis calls the project “a kaleidoscopic portrait” that “traces the life of the imaginative artist behind one of pop culture’s most celebrated and unlikely icons.” In a statement, Reubens strikes a characteristic joking tone, saying, “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.”
Whereas Wolf counterbalances with his included quote saying, “We all know Pee-wee Herman; it’s time for the world to meet Paul Reubens. I can’t wait to share his story.” Producer Emma Tillinger Koskoff (Joker) adds, “I’m thrilled to partner with HBO on Paul’s incredible life story. He is a once in a generation talent whose brilliance 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.”
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