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Former professional wrestler Andre The Giant

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Biopic will be a joint production of the cable TV channel, WWE, Bill Simmons Media Group

 

CONNECTICUT – Cable television channel HBO will be produce a documentary on the life and career of the late professional wrestler Andre The Giant.

There is yet no date though as to when the biopic will be aired.

“Andre The Giant” will be a joint production of HBO, the World Wresting Entertainment (WWE) Inc. and the Bill Simmons Media Group. It will be directed by Jason Hehir.




The Bill Simmons Media Group produces several podcasts focusing on sports, pop culture, technology and features writers on The Ringer website.

“Going back to 2007 and 2008 when I was creating and developing ’30 for 30′ for ESPN, Andre’s story rode the top of every single sports documentary wish list I ever made. We always hear about unicorns these days, Andre was the ultimate unicorn. He’s a true legend. Everyone who ever crossed paths with him has an Andre story — and usually four or five,” Simmons said.

The documentary will focus on the life and career of Andre The Giant, whose real name is Andre Rene Roussimoff.

Roussimoff was given the monicker Andre The Giant because of his large head, face, feet and chest which was caused by acromegaly, a hormonal disorder.

Roussimoff was a popular wrestler and headlined the third Wrestlemania in 1987 against Hulk Hogan.

“Andre The Giant” will look into Roussimoff’s upbringing in France, his WWE career and his forays in entertainment that included a role in the movie “The Princess Bride.”

Roussimoff died in 1993 and was the first wrestler to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. GAC/Expat Media

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