With Fanboys, director Kyle Newman explored people’s love of Star Wars, and now he’s planning to stay in the galaxy far far away, as he’s developing Chewie, a movie based on the life of Peter Mayhew, the actor who played the iconic Wookie sidekick in the original Star Wars films.
The story focuses on the actor’s struggle with juggling his career as a hospital worker and chasing his dream to become a Hollywood star. Kyle Newman acquired the actor’s life rights, to further develop the spec screenplay. However, finding an actor of play Mayhew, who’s famous over seven feet tall, may be tough, and Newman may also have to do a deal with Lucasfilm if he wants to use the Chewbacca costume.
The script was written by Evan Susser and Van Robichaux, and made the 2011 Black List. Jess Rosenthal and D.J. Gugenheim are producing. (Source: THR)