To most movie fans, Andre the Giant will be forever etched into cinema lore due to his performance as Fezzik in the 1987 cult classic The Princess Diaries, but to others he is simply known as The Eighth Wonder of the World. Born Andre Rene Roussimoff, the man mountain lead a fascinating life and was even chauffeured to school as a boy by none other than playwright Samuel Beckett, who was a friend of his father, due to his immense size meaning he couldn’t ride on the bus. Now a team helmed by his daughter Robin Christensen-Roussimoff is planning a biopic of the man.
Producers Dylan Russell and Scott Steindorff have been brought on board by Lion Forge Comics, with the blessing of his daughter, to base the film on the authorised graphic novel biography Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven by Brandon Easton and illustrated by Denis Medri, which hit shelves last year. Chronicling his life as a young boy working on the family farm to his meteoric rise to fame in the World Wrestling Federation.
However, although Andre’s size brought him success and wealth, it was also a burden. Speaking to Variety, Steindorff said: “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.”
“I’m really excited to watch this story come to life on the big screen,” Robin Christensen-Roussimoff adds. “It’s been a labour of love for everyone involved, and we’re really looking forward to making it available to a larger audience.” Andre Roussimoff died of heart problems relating to his condition in 1993.
As of writing, the team are currently setting out to find a writing team, director and most importantly of all, an actor who can believably portray the seven foot, four inch behemoth.