Documentary on WWE Legend Andre the Giant in the Works for HBO
There is no doubt Andre the Giant was a larger-than-life figure whose story could easily make for a compelling movie.
Well, that is exactly what is happening, with HBO Sports, WWE and the Bill Simmons Media Group producing a documentary film examining the life and career of one of the most beloved legends in pro wrestling and beyond. The project will explore Andre’s upbringing in France, his celebrated career in WWE and his forays in the entertainment world (like The Princess Bride!).
The doc is combining never-before-seen footage and interviews with WWE superstars, executives, athletes, media, family friends and other associates. Emmy-Award winning director and producer Jason Hehir will serve as the film’s director.
“For more than 20 years, Andre the Giant’s larger than life personality and unique charisma captured the imagination of fans around the world,” said WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon in a press release on the announcement. “I will always value our friendship, and I am proud to tell the story of the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World.’”
Bill Simmons, who joined HBO in the summer of 2015 and founded The Ringer, will serve as an executive producer on the film. Simmons' HBO talk show, Any Given Wednesday, was canceled last fall, but he will continue producing projects such as this for the premium network. Simmons is also a notable WWE fan and has appeared on some of their TV shows.
André René Roussimoff, who passed away at age 46 in 1993, was one of the most iconic names in the history of WWE. His match against Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania 3 set an indoor attendance record and helped the company reach new heights. "The Eighth Wonder of the World" was the inaugural inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame.
This is the first time HBO Sports and WWE are partnering on a project such as this.