Andre the Giant Biopic in the Works
Two decades after his death, a movie about the life of iconic pro wrestler Andre the Giant is in the works.
According to Variety, Lion Forge Comics and producers Scott Steindorff and Dylan Russell have partnered to develop a feature film about Andre (born Andre Roussimoff), based on the 2015 authorized graphic novel biography, Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven.
Additionally, his daughter Robin Christensen-Roussimoff will consult on the film, after assigning the exclusive rights 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," Steindorff said.
Andre the Giant began his wrestling career at the age of 17 and was billed as being 7-feet-4 and over 500 pounds hailing from "Grenoble in the French Alps." During his career, he began a superstar, and famously feuded with the legendary Hulk Hogan, which culminated with a historic match at WrestleMania III, where Hulk bodyslammed the giant.
Andre eventually retired in 1992, and passed away a year later in January 1993, after suffering a heart attack. He was just 46 years old.
It's unclear when the film will begin production.