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Dan Barrett is an industry commentator & TV critic. He does radio - 4BC & ABC GC and co-hosts the Screen Watching podcast. He's a former Mediaweek deputy editor and content creator for SBS.
See the never-made Star Wars TV show. ALSO: Pee-wee Herman wants to come back and do some drugs.
Always Be Watching is by Dan Barrett who has his own Funhouse. Like Pee-wee.
Julie Delpy has created a TV show. Netflix is co-producing On The Verge with Canal Plus and TheFilmTV.
The show will be set in LA and be English-language. The plot is a relationship-focused show dealing with a group of 40-something women who are single and in complicated relationships.
“We picture them at peace with themselves, but that’s not how they are in real life. I’d like to show them in a way that we haven’t seen them before – show how crude and crazy they can be when they talk about men, sex and relationships,” said Delpy.
Star Wars: Underworld was supposed to be the first Star Wars TV series. The series was going to focus on the time between Revenge of The Sith (Episode 3) and A New Hope (Episode 4) and the rise of the Empire, with the story told from the perspective of smugglers and other lowlifes in the Star Wars universe. Ambitiously, the plan was to produce 100 episodes all at once to keep costs down. Approximately half of the scripts were written when the series was shelved. LucasFilm just couldn’t keep the costs of it at a TV budget.
When Disney bought Star Wars, it went through the unused material and some of the storylines and character designs have since been repurposed into the films we’ve since seen.
Today test footage of Underworld has leaked online and I really like the very grounded aesthetic of the clip. Could we see Disney have another go at this, either for Disney+ or the more adult streaming service Hulu?
A couple of years ago Paul Reubens teamed up with Judd Apatow for a Netflix movie starring Reubens as Pee-eee Herman. But that wasn’t the Pee-wee movie that Reubens wanted to make. No…. he wants to make a much darker Pee-wee movie.
Reubens — who concedes to being a "control freak" — was determined to make what he refers to as "the dark Pee-wee movie." It's a script whose first draft was completed in the late 1990s, and Reubens has been tinkering with it ever since. In it, Pee-wee 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 says, dead serious. "It's about fame."
But Hollywood doesn’t seem interested:
Reubens, now more than ever, still wants to make his Valley of the Dolls Pee-wee movie, even if nobody else does. According to several well-placed sources, he's been aggressively shopping the Pee-wee Herman Story script around town and has agreed to make the movie for $15 million, half the budget of Big Holiday. Apatow still isn't interested and Sarandos passed on the project for Netflix, saying it "doesn't check off all the boxes" of a Pee-wee movie, according to a source with knowledge of the exchange. Undeterred, Reubens approached the Safdie brothers, the sibling-director wunderkinds behind Uncut Gems, who are considering the project. With his quote being a firm $3 million, and de-aging technology alone running around $1.5 million, the viability of the film has drawn skepticism from the finance departments of CAA, UTA and Endeavor Content.
But the fact that Kricfalusi reportedly preyed on young people is especially loathsome since what made The Ren & Stimpy Show so transgressive and influential was that it pushed aside boundaries for what a children’s program could be. All of us who loved the show as kids appreciated that it was giving us a weirder, uglier view of life that we didn’t see in our protected childhoods, yet somehow suspected was always there anyway. Naturally, fans assumed that the people who made the show would protect us from that ugliness — they were on our side, they wouldn’t harm us. Kricfalusi betrayed that trust.
With over a hundred deaths and quarantine travel restrictions in place across China, there’s millions of people sitting around at home with not a lot to do. Watching TV to take their mind off the situation isn’t an option with TV channels ordered to pull entertaining shows off the air. This isn’t a time for privolity.