‘The Princess Bride’ is often thought of as one of the most iconic movies ever created. Even having been released in 1987, the movie stands the test of time and is just as enjoyable today as it was when it first came out. Norman Lear who produced the original film has recently re-signed with Sony Pictures Entertainment, and shortly after that, the news broke of a reboot being discussed. This isn’t just a rumor either as it came straight from Sony’s CEO, Tony Vinciquerra.
Vinciquerra is going on to prove that just like being unable to make a deal with Marvel Studios over Spider-Man that Sony Pictures has no idea what they’re doing these days. Of Lear re-signing with Sony, the CEO shared that: “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.”
Fans have been outraged since the news broke, and at least some of the stars of the original film feel the same way!
Cary Elwes who played Westley in the film shared:
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
Carol Kane who played Valerie, the wife of Billy Crystal’s character Miracle Max in the film also chimed in during a Page 6 interview where she shared “I don’t think a movie remake [would work] because I think it’s perfect. I would gather that Rob Reiner [the movie’s director] would say the same and everybody in it would say the same. I think that I cannot imagine them doing a remake although now they’re doing remakes of just about everything. But why remake something that’s perfect the first time around? That’s what I think.”
I completely agree!
With all of the negativity surrounding these talks, one would hope that Sony listens to the fans. Of course, time and time again, they just don’t seem to know what their audience wants anymore. Instead, we’ll likely see the studio trying to reboot or remake even more of their past hits instead of crafting new stories for fans to fall in love with.
What are your thoughts on a remake of ‘The Princess Bride’? Would you be open to hearing the studio’s pitch? Share your thoughts in the comments below!