If you’ve ever wondered what it was like for Peter Mayhew to don the Chewbacca costume to do a 10-hour days work, you may find out soon. Chewie is a comedy written by fledgling writers Van Robichaux and Evan Susser which tells the story of the making of Star Wars told through the eyes of Peter Mayhew.
The comedy was written as a fun spec script for the writers. The script turned out so good that it ended up on the 2011 Black List of the best unproduced screenplays. Today news came in the Fanboys director Kyle Newman may be directing the picture. As he is no stranger to Lucasfilm properties, it might be a smart fit.
Star Wars has a famously tough time making it to the big screen, as did his friend Steven Spielberg had with Jaws. No studio wanted to produce it, especially not for such a young director, and the technology to make the film hadn’t been invented yet. It was a sink or swim. George Lucas persevered, much like Spielberg did, and the landscape of the modern blockbuster was changed forever.
Here’s hoping that Chewie is a unique insight into the making of Star Wars and it’s valued Wookiee performer, Peter Mayhew.