Andre the Giant is one of the most intriguing human beings to ever live. Born with gigantism that didn’t really kick in until he was a teenager, his incredible size quickly turned him into a star in professional wrestling, which he parlayed into a couple of fondly remembered acting roles.
Sadly, his condition also contributed to his early death, at just 46-years old. Regardless, his feud with Hulk Hogan in the 80s helped give birth to Hulkamania and propel the then-WWF into the global powerhouse of a company they are today.
In an announcement posted to WWE.com on Monday afternoon, it was revealed that the WWE, HBO, and Bill Simmons will worth together on a documentary about Andre’s life, simply titled Andre the Giant.
HBO Sports, WWE and the Bill Simmons Media Group will produce “Andre the Giant,” a documentary film examining the life and career of one of the most beloved legends in WWE history, it was announced today by Kevin Dunn, WWE Executive Producer, and Peter Nelson, Executive Vice President, HBO Sports. The ambitious and wide-ranging documentary film will explore Andre’s upbringing in France, his celebrated career in WWE and his forays in the entertainment world.
Simmons, who founded ESPN’s Grantland blog before moving over to HBO and starting sports website The Ringer, has been trying to get this documentary off the ground for a while now. His new employer obviously believes in the project and having the support of the WWE means a lot, since they own almost every library of wrestling footage that still exists.
“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,” said Simmons. “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. I’m delighted to join forces with Jason Hehir and WWE so we can capture Andre’s amazing story once and for all.”
Andre the Giant will be another film in the trend of wrestling-based documentaries. The 30 for 30 on Scott Hall/Razor Ramon was one of the best ever, and more recent efforts have included topics such as the XFL and an upcoming 30 for 30 on Ric Flair.