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Andre the Giant biopic in development

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Wade Sheridan
Andre the Giant during one of his many memorable moments during his time with WWE talking with Rowdy Roddy Piper on Piper's Pit. A biopic centering around the life and times of Andre is in development. Photo courtesy of WWE/Youtube
Andre the Giant during one of his many memorable moments during his time with WWE talking with Rowdy Roddy Piper on Piper's Pit. A biopic centering around the life and times of Andre is in development. Photo courtesy of WWE/Youtube

LOS ANGELES, May 10 (UPI) -- A biopic centering around the larger-than-life personality of wrestling legend Andre the Giant is in the works.

According to Variety, producers Scott Steindorff and Dylan Russell are developing a film on the life and times of Andre "The Giant" Roussimoff based off an authorized graphic novel published in 2015 entitled, Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven.

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Roussimoff's daughter Robin Christensen-Roussimoff, is also involved with the project and will consult on the film.Written by Brandon Easton and illustrated by Denis Medri, Closer to Heaven chronicled Andre's journey as a farm boy in France to the top of the WWE.

Towering over 7-foot-4-inches, and dubbed "The Eighth Wonder of the World," Andre the Giant remained undefeated for 15 years in the WWE until his famous feud with Hulk Hogan which culminated in his first defeat at the record-breaking WrestleMania III. Roussimoff is also known for his role as Fezzik in 1987's The Princess Bride

"Andre the Giant rode the wave of the rise of wrestling in America, while suffering from the painful health condition of gigantism," Steindorff said in an official statement. "There's an Elephant Man story here."

Roussimoff died of heart failure at the age of 46 in 1993. WWE still honors one of their biggest stars every year at WrestleMania with annual Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royale in which the winner receives a golden statue made in his likeness.

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