Fanboys Director Working To Bring The Behind The Scenes Story Of Chewbacca To The Big Screen
Director Kyle Newman is no stranger to the world of Star Wars. In 2009 the filmmaker made his feature directing debut with Fanboys, a movie about a group of Star Wars fans who decide to travel cross-country so that they can break into George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch and show their friend Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace to their dying friend before it's too late. Now he's getting set to dive right back into the world again, this time by directing the film Chewie.
According to THR, Newman is currently developing the project, which is based on a script that was featured on last year's Black List (the annual list of the most popular unproduced screenplays in Hollywood). The script was written by Evan Susser and Van Robichaux and tells the story of Peter Mayhew, the 7'3" actor who played Chewbacca, Han Solo's best firend and co-pilot, in the Star Wars series. Newman and the production have already secured Mayhew's life rights and will tell the story of how he worked to both act in the first film back in 1977 and keep his job as a hospital worker.
Newman hasn't directed a feature since Fanboys, however he has kept busy making motion comics. In addition to directing episodes of the Spartacus: Blood and Sand Motion Comic, he also helmed a four episode piece that was made for Breck Eisner's remake of The Crazies. He has also been announced as the director of a project called Opposites Attract, a romantic comedy about a couple that switches roles so that their relationship can stay alive.
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