Fans of the cult comedy classic The Princess Bride need not worry. Directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord have denied any intention to have the film remade.
Miller spoke on behalf of the directing duo to debunk the rumors after a firestorm brewed on Twitter. Fans of the film vehemently rejected the idea of remaking The Princess Bride after Tony Vinciquerra, the CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, suggested it might happen. In an interview with entertainment outlet Variety, Vinciquerra mentioned that “very famous people whose names I won’t use” intend to give Norman Lear’s “The Princess Bride” a reboot.
Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Tony Vinciquerra says that “very famous people whose names I won’t use” want to redo Norman Lear’s ‘The Princess Bride’ https://t.co/xGHdIxW2bf pic.twitter.com/uvHjWzpj9t
— Variety (@Variety) September 17, 2019
Addressing the topic on Twitter the director shared Variety’s article and wrote:
“For the record, not us. Love the movie— it still holds up as the greatest meta-story put to film. Also, the way you know it’s not us is the use of the phrase ‘very famous'”
For the record, not us.
Love the movie— it still holds up as the greatest meta story put to film.
Also, the way you know it’s not us is the use of the phrase “very famous” https://t.co/LeGzVp6FRO
— Christopher Miller (@chrizmillr) September 18, 2019
Speculations that Vinciquerra referred to Lord and Miller surfaced amongst fans given their comedy prowess and profound interest for meta-narratives. But this just isn’t the case. Hollywood’s tendency to commoditize bona fide classics by remaking them is a sad spiral down for any cult film. This is something that cinephiles definitely don’t want for The Princess Bride.
The 1987 American fantasy-comedy classic stars Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Wallace Shawn, André the Giant and Christopher Guest. It was adapted from the 1973 novel of the same name by the author himself, William Goldman. While the film proved troubling at the box office, it went on to rise in popularity when it hit home DVDs.