Fantasy Island actor Herve Villechaize's life story is to feature in a new biopic. The pint-sized star, who played Tatoo in the beloved TV series, lived a tragic, often violent life and committed suicide in 1993.

The screenplay for the new film, My Dinner With Herve, has been written by journalist Sacha Gervasi, who conducted the last interview with Villechaize days before his death.

Gervasi also plans to direct the movie.

He tells Variety, "Herve wasn't just a pop culture icon; he was one of the most charming, cultured and dangerous people I've ever met. His is the story of a unique misfit trying to find his place in the world."