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May 1, 2007—With a name like "Hogzilla," it was probably inevitable. The big pig—shown above with his killer, hunting guide Chris Griffin, in 2004—looks to be headed to the big screen with tusks blazing.

In The Legend of Hogzilla the sizeable swine will rampage across southern Georgia, just as it did in real life, though presumably with a higher body count. As an Internet sensation, the real Hogzilla may have brought down a server or two but isn't known to have attacked any humans.

Scientists who exhumed Hogzilla for the National Geographic Society in November 2004 put to rest rumors of a 1,000-pound (453-kilogram), 12-foot (3.7-meter) monster. The researchers estimated he weighed 800 pounds (363 kilograms) and was 8 feet (2.4 meters) long. (National Geographic News is part of the National Geographic Society.)

Hogs in the wild rarely reach such gargantuan size, leading some skeptics to wonder of the monster may have been raised in captivity. DNA tests were considerable more conclusive, proving that Hogzilla was part wild boar, part domestic pig. (Read an account of the investigation.)

Independent film company Lithium Productions will hold auditions for The Legend of Hogzilla in May. Griffin, who shot Hogzilla at a hunting preserve, has been enlisted as the movie's on-set hog expert.

—Ted Chamberlain

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