Chewie, the script to a behind-the-scenes tale about Star Wars' Wookiee, was one of our favorite screenplays on the 2011 Black List — now it has a director! Kyle Newman of Fanboys has signed on to helm the odd story of Peter Mayhew, hospital worker turned Wookie smuggler. Via Mayhew's Twitter account:
Yes, we're working with Kyle Newman and the team on CHEWIE, The Movie and are hopeful it can move forward. Rumors can begin now, Forcecast!
The Hollywood Reporter confirmed both this news with Newman and that he had purchased the rights, but there's no word on him directing. Either way, having Newman attached to this project is a very good thing. Newman already has a good relationship with George Lucas and was granted use of Star Wars sound effects and more for Fanboys.