Bill Simmons, the founder and CEO of The Ringer, announced his next HBO project after his show Any Given Wednesday was canceled midseason.
The former Grantland editor-in-chief also helped conceive the idea of ESPN’s 30 for 30 mini-documentary series. He remained an executive producer until he left the worldwide leader in 2015.
Here’s what Simmons said about the project (via Hollywood Reporter):
“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. I’m delighted to join forces with Jason Hehir and WWE so we can capture Andre’s amazing story once and for all.”
Hehir directed four of the 30 for 30 projects with ESPN, including The ’85 Bears (2016), Down in the Valley (2015), Bernie and Ernie (2013) and The Fab Five (2011).
Simmons has called this his “dream documentary project” and it will be fascinating to see the work he produces about Andre The Giant — the “ultimate unicorn” of sports, entertainment and even comedy.