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May 13 2016

'Joss Whedon would my choice to direct Andre the Giant movie' says wrestler's daughter. Robin Christensen-Roussimoff says that Joss has "just got such an interesting view of things that I think he could make it a lot of fun."

I'd prefer someone with a fondness for professional wrestling, which - to my knowledge - Whedon has never expressed. Furthermore, I'm not sure how befitting his style would be.
Interesting thought, though.
I'm not sure being a professional wrestling fan is the most important thing. It would certainly add something, but I just don't see wrestling itself as the focus of the film.

From what I remember of a documentary about Andre, he had a pretty interesting life. Lots of loneliness and isolation, physical and emotional pain, and very sweet soul. The behind-the-scenes relationships he had with the wrestling people seem more important than the actual wrestling.

I don't know if Joss would be the right guy to direct this, but I wouldn't be *too* surprised if he were a little interested.
I didn't mean to imply it was the most important thing. That would be the basic ability of making a good movie. No need for a shitty director who happens to own a wrinkled "n.W.o."-shirt.
And yes, there was much more to André's life than just wrestling. But it did play an important part and it is something, "outsiders" tend to misunderstand. Both the in-ring, as well as what happens backstage. - Especially what happens backstage.
Hmm... what an intriguing thought.
It's kind of sweet that she would want Joss to direct a pic about her father.
I hope one day someone makes a great movie about pro wrestling. Beyond the Mat was a fantastic documentary but a film about the Montreal Screwjob or something could be amazing.

The Wrestler was a good film but predictably focused on the seedier aspects of the industry: drugs, crappy motels, all these dilapidated, rotting lives.

There's some great dramas within wrestling: rivalries, betrayals, egos. Power-struggles. Someone with a vision and knowledge of the business might be able to see a film that others can't.
As much as I'd find this an interesting idea, it's a false dilemma to present it as "A great director with no interest in wrestling" or "a bad director that likes wrestling."

Bar none, my issue with Whedon directing isn't that I don't think he could do it artistically, it's that in the past I'm not sure he's ever shown much enthusiasm outside of genre coupled with wrestling is its own culture on both the business side and the fan side. Understanding Andre the man requires understanding it. I'm not sure Joss would love the misfit nature of both when some of the excesses of it would probably actively grate against his sensibilities. You have to find the humanity in it. That last part he could do. The question is, would he want to.
have you all forgotten about Numero Cinco?
So you think Jeff Bell should get the job?

One of my favourite episodes ever, by the way.

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