Variety is reporting that a movie is being made about WWE Hall of Famer and wrestling legend, Andre the Giant. Andre the Giant, real name Andre Roussimoff, is best known for his time in the World Wrestling Federation and his friendship, and later rivalry, with Hulk Hogan, also also for his famous role as Fezzik in The Princess Bride.
Andre was already a huge wrestling star before he came to the WWF in the early 80's and having earned the moniker the "8th Wonder of the World" should give an indication of his ability to draw crowds. There's been a few attempts on getting his story to the big screen in the past, but this will be based on the authorized biography comic by Lion Forge, Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven.
Roussimoff's daughter Robin Christensen-Roussimoff will consult on the film and assigned the exclusive rights for the biography to the producers.
"Andre the Giant rode the wave of the rise of wrestling in America, while suffering from the painful health condition of gigantism – there's an Elephant Man story here," said producer Scott Steindorff.
"I'm really excited to watch this story come to life on the big screen," Robin Christensen-Roussimoff said. "It's been a labor of love for everyone involved, and we're really looking forward to making it available to a larger audience."
No casting or release date has been set.