Lion Forge Comics and producers Scott Steindorff and Dylan Russell have partnered up with Stone Village Productions to develop a big screen biography of Andre Roussimoff, AKA Andre the Giant, one of the most famous professional wrestlers of all time. He also had an acting career, appearing in The Princess Bride, and TV shows like The Six Million Dollar Man, the Greatest American Hero and BJ & the Bear.
The newly announced Andre the Giant movie is based on Lion Forge Comic’s graphic novel “Andre The Giant: Closer To Heaven”. That story, written by Brandon Easton and drawn by Denis Medri, is narrated from Andre’s Point-of-view. It chronicles the gigantic Frenchman’s life story, covering many interesting facets, including his youth living on a farm in France, his alcohol problems, his wrestling career, his attempts at acting, and dealing with the Gigantism that led to severe pain, a shorter life span as well as the difficulties of living in a world that was physically too small for him.
Andre’s daughter Robin (his only child) will act as a consultant for the film. When asked about the difficulties in casting the lead role in a story of a man who was over 7 feet tall, she had this to say: “Who’s going to play my Dad? I think I’ll leave that to the professionals. We are going to have to get a character actor, obviously. I don’t know how they are going to do it exactly. They might do somebody that is tall enough for visual and then have someone do the voice. I don’t know if it’s going to be digital or practical make-up. It will be interesting. He had such a unique look. He had such a unique voice. They are really going to need to pull out a lot of special effects for this.”
Lion Forge CEO David Stewart remarks, “As a lifelong wrestling fans, 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 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.”
When will we see this movie in theaters? Robin says, “It’s going to be a couple of years. They are still finalizing the script and the director. They still have to cast. It’s going to be a couple of years.”