Princess Bride goes to Broadway. Photo credit to amazon.com
The 1987 film, The Princess Bride, is making headlines again, this time with Disney as a partner in crime. It's rumored that Disney Theatrical Productions is doing it again and taking a major film and reincorporating it into the present. With Star Wars already taken over, they are said to be now working with the author of the original 1973 fairytale, William Goldman, and his original screenplay that was directed in 1987 by Rob Reiner. The deal was shepherded by Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn, who was involved with the screen version during his tenure at Castle Rock.
In previous years there had been rumors about this becoming a stage production. It was later cancelled due to financial disputes, but is said to be the real deal as Disney confirmed it on November 11th, 2013. Disney hasn't confirmed if the production will be a play or a musical but is describing the project as a "new theatrical work." There hasn't been any word on which characters they're going to bring back or who all is even going to be a part of this production.
Disney is hoping to bring back the old fans and the new fans that had gotten their hopes up when the Princess Bride was first rumored to become an onstage Broadway musical back in 2005. Thomas Schumacher, the president and producer of Disney Theatrical Productions, stated, "The Princess Bride has proven to be an enduring delight and a beloved favorite to multiple generations. What William Goldman created is first and foremost a celebration of storytelling; what better place to spin that tale than on the stage?"
Disney will add this project to the list of other screenplays or books to be created into movies or stage productions. These include The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Tarzan, Beauty and the Beast, and most recently Aladdin (which is to come out this March on Broadway).
So what does William Goldman, the creator of this classic fairytale, have to say?, "I am thrilled that the next chapter in the life of The Princess Bride will unfold on the stage, with [Walt Disney Studios chairman] Alan Horn, Thomas Schumacher and his team at Disney Theatrical Productions leading the way, Buttercup, Westley and all of Florin are in the best of hands."
Sources: latimes.com, yahoo.com, broadway.com