Peter Hewitt (director)

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Peter Hewitt
Born 1962 (age 53–54)
Brighton, England, UK
Other names Pete Hewitt
Max Magenta
Occupation Film director
Years active 1989–present

Peter Hewitt (born 1962, Brighton, England) is a British film director. Hewitt is a comic book fan and wanted to direct the Judge Dredd movie in the early 1990s.


Upon graduating from England's National Film and Television School in 1990, Hewitt flew to Hollywood with his BAFTA award-winning short film, The Candy Show, in hand. Once there, he called executives from major U.S. studios and asked if he could show them his film. Soon after, he landed an agent and made his feature film directorial debut with Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey. Although not as big a success as the original, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, the movie made a profit.

He turned to TV next, directing the first two hours of the mini-series Wild Palms. He directed Disney's Tom and Huck in 1995 which was based on Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Hewitt returned to Britain to film The Borrowers, based on a children's novel by Mary Norton of the same name. He remained in England to helm Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? (1999), then tried his hand at TV work again with The Princess of Thieves (2001), filmed in Romania but featuring a mostly British cast, including a young Keira Knightley as Robin Hood's daughter, Gwyn.

Hewitt co-wrote the script for his next film, Thunderpants. It was filmed in London and Albany, New York.

Hewitt signed in February 2010 to direct the indie comedy film Sweet Baby Jesus, a comedy project slated to begin filming by September 15, 2010.[1] Set in the 70's, with Pixie Lott as a pregnant hippie woman named Mary who comes to Bethlehem, Maryland to visit her mother and have her baby, the film was to also star Bette Midler[2] and Kim Cattrall, with Sam Rockwell in the role of Mary's boyfriend.[3] However, Hewlitt and others quit the project in mid-February, 2010 over financial issues.[4][1] After Hewlitt left the project, poducer Philippe Rebboah asserted the production would continue, but in Italy rather than the US,[2] and in July 2010, it was announced that Adrien Brody and Sharon Stone would replace Sam Rockwell and Kim Cattrall.[5]



  1. ^ a b Adler, Tim (September 16, 2010). "‘Sweet Baby Jesus’ Director Quits After Filmmakers Say They Were Left Unpaid". Retrieved May 25, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Lodderhose, Diana (May 24, 2010). "Midler, Lott join ‘Baby Jesus’". Variety. Retrieved May 25, 2014. 
  3. ^ Goldberg, Matt (May 24, 2010). "Sam Rockwell May Star in SWEET BABY JESUS". Collider. Retrieved May 25, 2014. 
  4. ^ Brown, Lane (September 16, 2010). "Sweet Baby Jesus Director Quits Over Minor Issue". Vulture. Retrieved May 25, 2014. 
  5. ^ Silverman, Natalie. "Brody And Stone Join 'Sweet Baby Jesus'". July 21, 2010. Retrieved May 25, 2014. 

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