Talks of the 1987 romantic comedy being adapted into a musical have been here for a while but now the project is officially greenlit.
If there is one thing we all can agree on, it is the fact that The Princess Bride is one of the best movies ever made. Period. Starring Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Wallace Shawn, André the Giant, and Christopher Guest, the film had a cast studded with stars. Admit it, at one point or another, we all had a huge crush on Cary Elwes (I sure did). Based on a novel of the same name by William Goldman, The Princess Bride was released in 1987, painting a story of a farmhand Westley who tries to rescue his one true love Princess Buttercup from the odious Prince Humperdinck.
People across the globe absolutely loved this film as did the critics. Still, for some inexplicable reason, the movie didn't turn out to be a huge Box Office success. "A delightfully postmodern fairy tale, The Princess Bride is a deft, intelligent mix of swashbuckling, romance, and comedy that takes an age-old damsel-in-distress story and makes it fresh," rating platform Rotten Tomatoes reviewed the movie and gave it a "Certified Fresh" rating of 97%!
The movie has earned the status of being a cult classic and found its way to the lists of the best movies ever made! The film's sequel and even a reboot have been in the talks and rumors throughout the years played with our hearts. And it turns out, finally, when we least expected it, The Princess Bride is returning! Not to the silver screen, but to the stage. That's right, you're about to see your favorite swashbuckler in a Broadway musical soon! I promise you I'm not kidding!
According to Deadline, Disney's Princess Bride is being adapted into a Broadway musical and the development has already begun. Composer and lyricist David Yazbek (of MORE and The Band's Visit fame), as well as writers Bob Martin and Rick Elice, are on board and we can't wait to see what they are working on! Disney Theatrical Productions has confirmed that a team has been recruited and the production of the musical is in early stages.
And, the creatives they've picked are such renowned names. Yazbek won a Tony winner for The Band’s Visit, the Broadway hit which will close this April 7, and his Tootsie is currently showing at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre for an April 23 opening. Writers Martin and Elice too have shows on Broadway. The late author of the novel, Goldman, also wished to get the story on stage and tried several times but the project could never move forward due to financial issues.
Disney's latest creations - Frozen, Aladdin, and The Lion King, have already found their way to Broadway and Hercules is all set to hit the stage, too. Next up by Disney is The Princess Bride and fans couldn't be happier that their favorite romantic classic is being revived in some way after so many years. According to Playbill, the film previously got super close to coming on stage in 2007 but the project was dropped.
Wright, who played Buttercup in the original movie, opened up about her experience during filming and said, “It was just the warmest family. We stayed at the same hotel and ate together downstairs. Rob rented a house, we would go over there, they could cook dinner and somebody would pull out this guitar and sing songs. Rob would sing. It was a real family and we laughed so much.” Gosh, that story melts my heart. Who do you think should play the iconic parts in the Broadway adaptation?