Even Cary Elwes Knows A Princess Bride Remake Would Be A Bad Idea
Remaking The Princess Bride? Inconceivable! Deep in a profile of Norman Lear posted on Variety this week, Sony Pictures CEO Tony Vinciquerra casually dropped the bomb that there’s been talk of remaking 1987’s The Princess Bride, one of the greatest films to ever grace the silver screen. Naturally, people were about as happy with that idea as a local fisherman cruising in eel-infested waters.
“Very famous people whose names I won’t use, but they want to redo The Princess Bride,” Tony said, citing the success of Norman’s One Day at a Time as the impetus for one of the entertainment industry’s worst ideas yet. Yes, even worse than that Motley Cruë Netflix documentary no one asked for.
Star Cary Elwes came to our rescue, proving he’ll always be our
knight in shining armour Dread Pirate Roberts.
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
“There’s a shortage of perfect movies in this world,” Cary wrote, quoting one of the film’s iconic lines. “It would be a pity to damage this one.”
Another Hollywood mega-star, this time one of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, echoed Cary’s disinterest in a Princess Bride remake:
Wow. Perfect tweet. https://t.co/7PWYbeg9d5
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) September 18, 2019
“Wow. Perfect Tweet,” Chris Evans posted, adding his name to the list of Princess Bride fans who understand remaking the fantasy romance film would be tarnishing the legacy of a classic. It’s like how no one is interested in remaking Taxi Driver or Casablanca — “Play it again, Sam,” just wouldn’t hit the same in the 21st century.
We’d like to think Tony knew backlash against the idea would be swift, thus leaving out specifics about who, exactly, is trying to mess with perfection (although, in reality, it was probably redacted for legal reasons). We want names, Tony! We need to know which Queens of Putrescence we’ll be protesting if this Princess Bride remake is ever mentioned again in polite society.
While we’re at it, if Hollywood could just promise to leave The Breakfast Club, Back to the Future, and Heathers, it would really help us sleep at night. Not every great film from the ’80s has to remade for the digital age.