Variety brought the news this morning that a biography of WWE Hall of Famer Andre "the Giant" Rousimoff will begin production in Hollywood soon.
The film will be based on one of a couple recent graphic novels on the French Superstar, Brandon Easton & Denis Medri's Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven. Andre's daughter, Robin Christensen-Roussimoff, authorized that work and authorized rights for the film to Scott Steindorff & Dylan Russell of Stone Village Productions. She'll consult on the film, which will be co-produced by Lions Forge Comics, who published the book.
Andre was one of the most popular pro wrestlers in history, and his work in the 1980s with the then-World Wrestling Federation (now the WWE) was integral to wrestling's growth during that period. His turn as Fezzik in the 1987 film Princess Bride cemented his own place in pop culture history.
David Steward II, CEO of Lion Forge, said:
As a lifelong wrestling fan, I can say with conviction that no one was bigger than Andre. His presence and charisma were so powerful, and you could tell there was much more to him under the surface of his ring persona. It's been an amazing experience telling that story in the book with Robin's help. With all the spectacle, action, and emotion there on the page, a feature film just made perfect sense.
Producer Steindorff also discussed another facet of Andre's story that made the project attractive, saying he "suffering from the painful health condition of gigantism - there's an Elephant Man story here."
There's certainly plenty of legend to build a movie around, and it will be interesting to see some wrestling history presented from a perspective other than Vince McMahon's.
No timeframe, or other specifics, are present in the Variety story, but it's never too early to start fantasy
Who do you think should play Andre? Hulk Hogan? Vince himself?