According to Variety, someone's finally getting around to making a biopic about the life of Andre The Giant:
Lion Forge Comics and producers Scott Steindorff and Dylan Russell have partnered to develop a feature film about the life of iconic pro wrestler Andre “The Giant” Roussimoff.
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.
If you grew up in the 80's, Andre The Giant was something of an icon. At over seven feet tall and 500lbs, the man was a force to be reckoned with in the wrestling ring. He was also a force to be reckoned with when indulging in his various appetites (booze, insane quantities of food, the ladies). Mostly, though, people recognize Andrew as "that enormous rhyming giant from The Princess Bride". His accomplishments were many, but his performance in that film is probably what cemented his pop culture icon status.
(Note: He is also known, thanks to Shepard Fairey, for having a posse.)
If you're wondering what tone an Andre The Giant biopic might strike, this quote from producer Scott Steindorff may offer a hint:
“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.”
Y'know, I'd never really considered the idea of an Andre The Giant biopic before, but now that we're discussing it, I'm kind of all about this idea. The biggest hurdle, of course, will be finding an actor to fill Andre's giant-ass boots/singlet. They'll either have to cast a similarly-gigantic unknown (the most likely option), use CGI to make a smaller guy look bigger (the most questionable option), or just say fuck it and hire Dane DeHaan (the most hilarious option).
This one's just now coming together, so expect it to be a while before Andre's movie arrives. We'll keep you posted in the meantime.