When the 2011 edition of the infamous Hollywood Black List came out — that’s the list of the best unproduced screenplays, not the Joseph McCarthy one — one of the scripts bore the eye-catching name of Chewie. And indeed, it is referring to that Chewie; it’s a behind-the-scenes look at the filming of Star Wars, as seen through the eyes of Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew. Now it looks like Chewie has gained some traction, and director Kyle Newman will be developing Chewie as his next project.
The script by screenwriters Evan Susser and Van Robichaux is set in the late ’70s and follows seven-foot three-inch actor Peter Mayhew as he tries to break into filmmaking, all while trying to balance his career as a hospital worker. He was eventually cast as Han Solo’s furry sidekick, Chewbacca, in George Lucas’ 1977 film, Star Wars. As we all know, Star Wars did wonders for Mayhew’s acting career. Now Newman has secured the life rights of Peter Mayhew to develop the Chewie project further.
Kyle Newman must really like Star Wars, because this is his second Star Wars-centric film project. His first was 2009’s Fanboys, which tells the story of a group of sci-fi geeks who travel cross-country to George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch in California so their dying friend can watch an early screening of Star Wars – Episode 1: The Phantom Menace before he dies.
Although he hadn’t made a film since 2009, Kyle Newman has been keeping himself busy by directing episodes of the motion-comic based on the TV series, Spartacus: Blood and Sand. He is also currently working on the romantic comedy Opposites Attract, which follows a young couple who switch roles in an effort to save their failing relationship.