A remake of ‘The Princess Bride?’ Inconceivable!
It seems like there’s no end to Hollywood remakes in sight, even though many original movies are just perfect the way they are thankyouverymuch. One of them being The Princess Bride — the much-beloved and extremely quotable classic movie starring Robin Wright and Cary Elwes as Princess Buttercup and her sweet farm boy-turned-pirate Wesley. Apparently Sony Pictures Entertainment is toying with the idea of a remake — but not everyone is excited about it.
Variety is reporting that the chief executive of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Tony Vinciquerra, mentioned the idea of remaking the movie in a profile of the movie’s executive producer, Norman Lear. “We have so many people coming to us saying, ‘We want to remake this show or that show,'” Vinciquerra said. “Very famous people whose names I won’t use, but they want to redo ‘The Princess Bride.'”
But…but…WHY? It’s literal perfection just the way it is! Not everything needs to be remade through a 2019 lens, especially when there’s nothing problematic about the original. It’s aged like a fine wine, and it’s still as hilarious today as it was when it was initially released in 1987. Who could possibly replace Andre the Giant’s role? Billy Crystal and Carol Kane? INIGO MONTOYA? Sure, Mandy Patinkin might still be light enough on his feet to brandish a sword expertly like he once did, but most remakes include a new cast. Which is, of course, inconceivable.
Cary Elwes, the hunky British actor who played Wesley, had the perfect response to talks of a remake. (Hint: It’s not exactly “As you wish.”)
There’s a shortage of perfect movies in this world. It would be a pity to damage this one. https://t.co/5N8Q3P2e5G
— Cary Elwes (@Cary_Elwes) September 18, 2019
Truly, the best response.
Even Jamie Lee Curtis, who is married to The Princess Bride actor Christopher Guest, chimed in: “Oh really? Well, I married the six fingered man, obviously why we have stayed together for 35 years and there is only ONE The Princess Bride and it’s William Goldman and @robreiner’s,” she wrote. “‘Life is pain highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something!'”
Oh really? Well, I married the six fingered man, obviously why we have stayed together for 35 years and there is only ONE The Princess Bride and it’s William Goldman and @robreiner’s. “Life is pain highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something!” https://t.co/hv33UIZKN3
— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) September 17, 2019
Elwes and Curtis aren’t the only ones being vocal about their opinion.
Me: *Hears that Sony wants to remake The Princess Bride.*
Also me: pic.twitter.com/ErmGORMTRx
— Thorin Bloodfang (@_Bl00dFang_) September 17, 2019
Here’s an idea. Re-release the original in theaters! Not only does that give lovers of the original movie a reason to go and see it on the big screen, it offers a whole new generation of Buttercup/Wesley shippers a chance to fall in love with it. It’s the perfect home-from-school-sick movie and it’s appropriate for all ages.
Live-action remakes like Disney’s The Lion King and Aladdin are different. Movies like A Star is Born are pretty much set up to be remade every few decades, and when done right, it works every time. A new The Princess Bride? Nope. You can’t mess with true love.