Aaaaaaas youuuuuu wiiiiiiiiish!
Did you wish for a new stage adaptation of Rob Reiner’s The Princess Bride? Not for a young Cary Elwes to continue doing tons of farm chores? Weird wish, really, but you’re in luck – it’s coming true.
THR reports that Disney Theatrical Productions has announced plans to collaborate with scribe William Goldman to craft a stage version of the beloved 1987 film Reiner directed for the studio. Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn shepherded the deal, a nice little return to history for the executive, who was involved with the original film version when he worked at Disney subsidiary Castle Rock. Horn already seems excited about the possibilities, sharing with the outlet: “My involvement in The Princess Bride goes back to 1987 and it has always been close to my heart. For all those years and a few more, I’ve been friends with the brilliant Bill Goldman, and to now have a stage production of this film in development at Disney is honestly a dream come true.”
Reiner’s film certainly has plenty of big, fantastical elements that should translate quite well to the stage – epic love stories and big battles and a giant and Rodents of Unusual Size – and even its slightly strange framing device (hey, Fred Savage) could work for the new project.
As our pals over at /Film note, it’s “unclear at this time whether Disney’s upcoming production will be a play or a musical” though they think (and we agree!) that “The Princess Bride seems like a natural fit for the latter — it’s sweet and funny, with plenty of big moments that’d translate easily into splashy song-and-dance numbers.”
The film was previously set to be adapted into a stage musical several years ago with Tony-winning composter Adam Guettel on board, but THR is quick to point out that this new version is not connected to it and will not be using any of the material created during the musical’s development stages.
Disney has had some good luck with their stage adaptations over the years – The Lion King recently passed the $1 billion mark and they will open their Aladdin early next year.
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