Talks of ‘The Princess Bride’ Remake Set Off Internet Storm
Hollywood will not stop doing what it’s doing. News of movie remakes are often met with side-eye glares, passionate protests, or cautious optimism. This time, there’s chatter about rebooting another classic from the ‘80s, and things got touchy when people learned the nearly untouchable The Princess Bride might be on the table one day.
Why do a makeover on a legendary film when people have great memories attached to the original? This was the question asked not only by fans, but by those who were in it.
What led to the furor over ‘The Princess Bride’
It was just a small comment in a lengthy Variety piece on the work of Norman Lear, but it’s one that launched a thousand emotional quips.
The profile itself highlights the achievements of the Hollywood legend who just clinched a historic Emmy win, and includes interviews from those who have worked with Lear.
Sony Pictures CEO Tony Vinciquerra was among those interviewed and discussed the impact of Lear’s work, his extensive library of beloved TV shows and movies, and the possibilities of recreating some of those old hits.
Vinciquerra stated that Lear’s properties are always a hot topic when it comes to revivals:
“We have so many people coming to us saying, ‘We want to remake this show or that show.’ Very famous people whose names I won’t use, but they want to redo ‘The Princess Bride.’ Some people want to do animated versions of some of the sitcoms. Not a month goes by when we don’t have an idea coming from some very big name wanting to do things with Norman.”
And that friends, set everyone off. The mere mention of The Princess Bride and remake in the same sentence is like blasphemy.
If you read the entire piece, it was one of many comments that spoke to the renewed interest in Lear’s past projects, but it’s not an explicit confirmation that Sony is greenlighting it. However, it’s come up in conversation.
Actors chimed in with their opinions
As soon as word started to spread throughout the internet, a unified front of opposition to the idea was formed. No. No. No. It’s absolutely inconceivable that anyone would dare to remake The Princess Bride. Two people who wholeheartedly agree on that are Cary Elwes and Jamie Lee Curtis.
Elwes played the hero Westley in the movie and sent out a tweet expressing his feelings:
Jamie Lee Curtis wasn’t in the film but added that she’s married to the man who played Count Rugen (Christopher Guest). She isn’t on board with a re-do either.
Earlier this year, actress Carol Kane (Valerie in The Princess Bride) told Page Six that it’s a no for her on a remake too. She said, “I don’t think a movie remake [would work] because I think it’s perfect. I would gather that Rob Reiner would say the same and everybody in it would say the same.”
A little history on ‘The Princess Bride’
The 1987 flick is based on a novel written by William Goldman who served as the screenwriter for the Rob Reiner-directed film version. The original starred a 20-year-old Elwes, Robin Wright (the princess), Billy Crystal, Kane, Chris Sarandon, Mandy Patinkin, Fred Savage, Wallace Shawn, and André the Giant.
Considered a modernized fairy tale, the film features a number of quotable lines, including “Inconceivable!” and “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” It’s really pure awesomeness.
Lear was an executive producer for the pop culture classic that kept us charmed, laughing, and engaged in its fight scenes. The Princess Bride is still celebrated at comic conventions and expos around the country, and according to Deadline, there’s even a Broadway play in the works.
Reiner was a fan of the book and wanted to do a movie version and was able to secure backing from Lear. The Princess Bride did ok at the box office, but its popularity soared after it was made available on VHS. As much as people love this movie, nostalgia is not in favor of this reboot.