'Fanboys' Director Kyle Newman Taking on the 'Chewie' Story Next
We thought we'd never see it. Featured at #3 on last year's Black List was a script titled Chewie, written by newcomers Evan Susser & Van Robichaux, a story about the life and times of Peter Mayhew, the 7 foot tall actor who played Chewbacca in the original Star Wars movies. Yes, this is indeed the real Chewie story. Given the complex rights issues surrounding telling a real story about the actual Chewbecca, we thought we'd never see it made. But THR is reporting that Fanboys director Kyle Newman, a huge Star Wars fan himself, is developing the project at Inferno Entertainment. If there's anyone perfect for this, it's Newman.
The original logline from the Black List stated simply: "A satirical behind the scenes look at the making of Star Wars through the eyes of Peter Mayhew who played Chewbacca." THR has added that the script is "set against the backdrop of the making of 1977's Star Wars and tracks Mayhew as he tries to balance a career as a hospital worker while chasing Hollywood dreams." The good news, for those again worried about "how the heck are they going to do this?", Kyle Newman has already been developing it and even worked on securing life rights to Peter Mayhew—directly from him—necessary in order to "further develop the script."
If you know Kyle Newman, follow him on Twitter, or have seen him talk about Star Wars in places like our prequels video blog discussion, you know he's a very dedicated, passionate Star Wars fan. And after making Fanboys, I have a feeling George Lucas and the Lucasfilm camp got to learn that about him, and I would assume that's very helpful in allowing him to make this movie. More than even Fanboys, I'm very excited to see this come together, and I think there's a fantastic film waiting to be made here that's about more than just the big, lovable, furry Wookie from the Star Wars movies. We'll be keeping a close watch on this one.