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Andre the Giant Film in Development

Andre the Giant Film in Development

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Fans of professional wrestling all have their own specific favorites for whatever their reasons may be.

Certainly one of the most famous and popular and bound to be on a lot of people’s lists would be Andre the Giant (real name: Andre Roussimoff). While professional wrestling may be fake, Andre was one person I doubt any sane person would want to pick a real fight with. Now “Chef” producers Dylan Russell and Scott Steindorff are teaming up with Lion Force Comics to create a biopic on the wrestler’s life. They were given the rights by Andre’s daughter Robin Christensen-Roussimoff.

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The film is set to adapt last year’s biography on him called “Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven.” Not what makes this a little more interesting is that this biography was actually a graphic novel instead of a traditional book. Even more interestingly it’s the second graphic novel biography about the life of Andre the Giant. Movie fans probably know him best as the gentle giant Fezzik in “The Princess Bride” which was written specifically for him in mind. Wrestling fans of my age range will remember his matches with WWF wrestling “hero” Hulk Hogan (my how times have changed).

The main question is who do you cast in this sort of role? Do you try to find someone physically similar to Andre himself? Well good luck finding someone that large and who can actually act. Do you cast a regular sized actor and use makeup and/or CGI to make him big enough to look the part? That could easily make things more expensive quickly and look unnatural if you don’t have the right people working on it. Either way the casting department has their work cut out for them. No info such as release dates or directors have been announced yet.

 

What do you think? Are you excited to see a biopic about the life of Andre the Giant?

This story was first reported by Variety

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Eric grew up with a simple childhood. At age 11 a six fingered man murdered his father in front of his eyes, while his mother died defending him from an attack from a sharptooth, then an evil toon dropped a piano from 15 stories onto his brother's head and then on top of all of that while on the job he was brutally shot up and left for dead but was rebuilt as a robotic cop to get his revenge. ...Oooorr maybe he just watched a lot of movies growing up and got really into them. From a young age Eric realized learning things like science, math, people's names etc. took some real effort but could easily remember practically all the dialog/plot details from a random movie he watched on tv years ago. He knew from a young age that he wanted to make movies and never strayed from that. Going to college to get an education in film production and working on movie sets whenever it can be fit into his schedule. Get him into a room full of people he doesn't know and over time you may eventually get him to open up but just mention some movies and he'll talk for hours, never afraid to (respectfully) argue with fellow movie nerds. Now he puts that love and energy toward writing for FilmFad.com.

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TOOOOOOOO excited for this. Remember that article I wrote about how more wrestling biopics/wrestling films need to hit the screen, BOOM! They listen to me. LOLOL But in all seriousness, if any professional wrestler, living or dead, deserve a motion picture, then Andre is definitely near the top of the list. Hopefully this is the spark of a new wave of wrestling biopics, because there are too many that need them.

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I don’t know if every wrestler needs one. I can’t imagine that Jake the Snake movie would be all that interesting lol. However I agree I’ve been hoping they’d make a biopic about Andre for a long time.

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I agree every wrestler shouldn’t get one, but Jake the Snake is for sure a superstar that needs one. His rise to fame, invention of the DDT, descent into alcoholism, disconnection from his family, confiding in Diamond Dallas Page, induction into the hall of fame, and still on the road to recovery to this day is the perfect set up for a heartbreaking and uplifting story.

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oh ok lol I actually just wrote Jake the Snake as lesser known wrestler as a joke. I didn’t know he actually legitimately had that much to work with.

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