The current trend in television and film is to reboot anything that was remotely popular or successful over the past 50 years, but that doesn’t mean that reboots ‘should’ happen. After rumours of a possible reboot of the brilliant 1987 Rob Reiner comedy The Princess Bride began circulating this week, the star of the iconic (and highly quotable) film weighed in with his thoughts. Cary Elwes thinks the entire idea is inconceivable, and yes, we know what it means.
On Sunday, Norman Lear, who produced The Princess Bride, took home the Emmy for Outstanding Variety Special (Live) for his work as a producer on Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons,’ a win that, at 97, makes Lear the oldest person to ever win an Emmy. The nomination landed Lear back in the headlines, with the famed producer interviewed by Variety alongside his colleague, Sony CEO Tony Vinciquerra. Speaking on Lear’s enduring legacy on the big screen, Vinciquerra said “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 [Lear].”
While it appears as though Vinciquerra’s comments were made off-hand and there has been no mention of any actual movement on a reboot, Westley is here to shut things down before they begin. Actor Cary Elwes implied the idea was inconceivable with a spot-on tweet.
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
Jamie Lee Curtis did not appear in The Princes Bride, though she is married to Christopher Guest, who appeared in the film. She too voiced her displeasure over the rumblings of a reboot.
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
It appears that Elwes and Curtis are not the only people who are against a reboot of The Princess Bride.
I like that in these chaotic times we can all put aside our differences and agree that no one should remake The Princess Bride
— Rachel Paige (@rachmeetsworld) September 18, 2019
Twitter: everyone is my enemy, we will never have peace!
Hollywood: I think we should remake The Princess Bride
Twitter: TONIGHT WE RIDE AS ONE
— Brian Stevenson (@Ashitaka1110) September 18, 2019
Me: *Hears that Sony wants to remake The Princess Bride.*
Also me: pic.twitter.com/ErmGORMTRx
— Thorin Bloodfang (@_Bl00dFang_) September 17, 2019
Look, there is no point in remaking The Princess Bride. We already know what became of Buttercup. pic.twitter.com/6YgO5R9kG3
— Dr. Karen James (@kejames) September 18, 2019
So who are these people trying to storm the castle to remake the perfect film? The identities remain hidden behind terribly comfortable masks and hoods. But it’s not Seth Rogen.
I would never dare.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) September 17, 2019