Following in the footsteps of The Lion King, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Producers and Evil Dead, it seems that the next Hollywood movie heading for a musical adaptation is The Princess Bride. Inconceivable? Not really, since the deal involves no less than the man behind the story in the first place and one of the biggest names in huge, stage musicals currently working.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney has struck a deal with William Goldman to produce a stage version of The Princess Bride. The cult classic movie directed by Rob Reiner was written by Goldman and based on a book he published in 1973. The story, framed as a fairy tale being told to a boy by his grandfather, follows Westley, the Dread Pirate Roberts as he quests to save his true love Princess Buttercup from the horrid Prince Humperdinck with the help of the vengeance seeking Spaniard Inigo Montoya and the giant Fezzik.
Interestingly, this isn’t the first time Goldman’s tried to turn The Princess Bride into a musical, but the team that Disney will put together will start again from scratch and not use any of Goldman’s unproduced material. Of course, there’s no production team yet attached in any form including, staff, crew or actors, but considering that the original film’s cast included a number of Broadway veterans like Chris Sarandon, Wallace Shawn, Carol Kane and Mandy Patinkin, there’s already a lot of stage talent associated with the “Princess Bride” brand. And wouldn’t it be awesome if grown-up Fred Savage were involved in some way?
Anyway, this sounds like a very exciting project for both fans of musicals and fans of The Princess Bride, and we here at Nerd Bastards will follow its progress with great interest. More news as it develops.