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Safdie Brothers producing new Paul Reubens documentary for HBO

Hollywood’s most sought-after directorial siblings since the Coen Brothers are set to produce a two-part documentary for HBO that documents the life of Paul Reubens, the creator of beloved oddball Pee-wee Herman. 

The duo behind the critically films Good Time and Uncut Gems were announced as producers on Thursday for the documentary currently untitled but will focus on the tumultuous life of the man behind the iconic comedy character. 

The network has described the project as, “A kaleidoscopic portrait told in two parts, the Paul Reubens documentary traces the life of the imaginative artist behind one of pop culture’s most celebrated and unlikely icons: Pee-wee Herman.”

Ruebens met the news with an enthusiastic statement of his own, “I’ve been working with HBO since they were called Home Box Office! I’m honoured and excited to continue my long history there. I love HBO, but I’m not going to marry them.”

Pee-wee Herman first made an appearance on American TV screens in the 1980s before featuring Reubens secured a format for the character with The Pee-wee Herman Show and later in movies like Pee-wee’s Big Adventure often proving polarising amongst audiences. 

The life of Reubens, however, has not been without controversy having been arrested in 1991 after an incident in an adult movie theatre. All this and more will be the focus of the two-part feature.

Director, Matt Wolf, released a statement 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.”

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