Written by Brandon Easton and illustrated by Denis Medri, Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven was nominated for the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity and three Glyph Awards. The graphic novel recounts the famed wrestler’s life from his earliest days working on the family farm in France along with the rise of professional wrestling itself, from a global circuit of underground matches to the global phenomenon it is today, due in large part to Andre the Giant’s celebrity. (Read the RD80s review.) It will be republished in a new edition later this month.
“I'm really excited to watch this story come to life on the big screen,” Robin Christensen-Roussimoff said. “It's been a labor of love for everyone involved, and we're really looking forward to making it available to a larger audience.”
No time table has been given for the film's production or release.