Andre “The Giant” Roussimoff may best be known for playing the role of the lovable, funny, and larger-than-life character Fezzik in the 1987 film “The Princess Bride.” He is also known for his career as a French professional wrestler and his notorious feud with Hulk Hogan. What most people don’t know about him was his personal life — his family, his life growing up in France, and the impact he made on his fellow “Princess Bride” co-stars like Billy Crystal and Cary Elwes.
After his passing in 1993 his daughter, Robin Christensen-Roussimoff, decided to share the rights to his life story with Lion Forge Comics, who published a biographical graphic novel based on Andre the Giant’s life titled “Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven.” Variety announced today that this comic will be made into a feature adaptation and will for the first time share the details of Andre the Giants’s life with the world.
The film will be produced by Lion Forge Comics and Stone Village Productions, under the guidance of Scott Steindorff and Dylan Russell. Andre’s daughter will also help oversee the film, as the main consultant on the details of her father’s life. She recently told Variety, “I’m really excited to watch this story come to life on the big screen. It’s been a labor of love for everyone involved, and we’re really looking forward to making it available to a larger audience.”
Steindorff and Russell’s previous producing credits include Jon Favreau’s “Chef,” and Matthew McConaughey’s “The Lincoln Lawyer.” The graphic novel which the film will be based on, “Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven,” was written by Brandon Easton and illustrated by Denis Medri.
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