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OTRC: Paul Reubens and Judd Apatow working on Pee-wee Herman road trip movie

Pee-wee Herman has coupled up with comedy powerhouse Judd Apatow to make his return to the big screen and Paul Reubens told fans at San Diego Comic-Con that it will be a "road picture across the entire country."

Paul Reubens showed up in character as Pee-wee Herman on July 20, wearing the iconic red bow-tie and gray suit. The Associated Press reports that Reubens told audiences that Apatow felt the new film should return Pee-wee to his life on the road from the first movie, the 1985 film "Pee-wee's Big Adventure," which was helmed by Tim Burton.

Judd Apatow, the mastermind behind such comedies as "Knocked Up" and "The 40 Year Old Virgin," is producing, while Reubens is reportedly co-writing the untitled Pee-wee Herman film.

"Let's face it, the world needs more Pee-wee Herman, Apatow told Variety magazine in June 2010. "I am so excited to be working with Paul Reubens -- who is an extraordinary and groundbreaking actor and writer. It's so great to watch him return with such relevance."

The film came to life after Apatow attended Reubens' recent onstage revival of "The Pee-wee Herman Show" in Los Angeles, where it played to sold out crowds. That show also spent 10 weeks on Broadway.

"There is no one like Judd in our business," Reubens told the industry magazine. "He loves comedy with emotion and heart, and he sees what we do as art. I can't believe I'm getting this opportunity to be working with him."

Reubens debuted Pee-wee Herman as a stage act which developed into an HBO special in 1981 and revived the character in his recent HBO special, "The Pee-wee Herman Show," which was nominated for a 2011 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Variety Music or Comedy Special. Check out the full list of Emmy nominees.

The corresponding Broadway show, which ran until Jan. 2, 2011, is based on Paul Reubens' original stage show, his 1980s HBO series "The Pee-wee Herman Show" as well as his 1980s children's television series "Pee-wee's Playhouse," which ran for four seasons form 1986-1990.

The 58-year-old character actor, known for his distinctive laugh, is enjoying a comeback following a 1991 arrest of charges of indecent exposure at an adult movie theater. "Pee-wee's Playhouse" was canceled following the incident.

Reubens has in recent years also guest starred in shows such as "Pushing Daisies" and "Reno 911!: Miami." He will also voice Jokey Smurf in the new "Smurfs" film set for release on Aug. 3, 2011.


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