Andre the Giant, one of the greatest superstars in the entire history of WWE will be getting his own movie.
Variety revealed on their website earlier this week that the WWE Hall of Famer will be receiving his own movie. Lion Forge Comics and producers Scott Steindorff and Dylan Russell will partner up to create the feature film.
According to the report: "The project is based on the authorized graphic novel biography published last year, “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."
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Lion Forge CEO David Steward II said in the report he is a big pro wrestling fan, and it looks like he can't wait for this film to be produced.
He 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.”
Andre the Giant, who sadly passed away back in 1993, has been in movies before, most notably in The Princess Bride. He played the role of one of a trio of bandits in Rob Reiner’s 1987 fantasy comedy.
Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven was written by Brandon Easton and illustrated by Denis Medri. The novel talks about the WWE Hall of Famers life from working on the family farm in France when he was younger, to his rise in wrestling through the WWF.
Robin Christensen-Roussimoff said: "I’m really excited to watch this story come to life on the big screen. It’s been a labor of love for everyone involved, and we’re really looking forward to making it available to a larger audience.”
Although the release date of this film is yet to be announced, hopefully, it will have a theatrical release across the world, as many wrestling fans - not just those that enjoy the WWE - would love to see the story behind the iconic wrestling star on the big screen.