Wilt Chamberlain, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Andre on the set of Conan The Destroyer
Lion Forge Comics and producers Scott Steindorff and Dylan Russell have announced that they are working on a feature film about the life of iconic wrestler Andre The Giant.
The project is based on the authorized graphic novel biography published last year, Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven. Andre’s daughter Robin Christensen-Roussimoff will act as a consultant on the film.
“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.
Outside of his wrestling career, Andre is best known for portraying Fezzik in the classic movie The Princess Bride. He began wrestling at the age of 17 and was billed as being 7-feet-4 and over 500 pounds hailing from Grenoble in the French Alps.
“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.” – Lion Forge CEO David Steward II
“Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven” was written by Brandon Easton and illustrated by Denis Medri. The biography, which was nominated for several awards and tells his life story from his earliest days working on the family farm in France along with the rise of professional wrestling itself through the World Wrestling Federation, due in large part to Andre the Giant’s celebrity.