Please, can Hollywood NOT remake ‘The Princess Bride’?

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At this point, I really do think that every single film from the 1980s and ‘90s will probably be remade. I’m still waiting for the f–king Twilight franchise to be remade with a new cast too, but that’s a conversation for another time. But yes, ever film from those two decades will probably get remade. We just need to accept it and refuse to watch that trash. Is this one a bridge too far though? There’s apparently some talk of remaking The Princess Bride:

Twitter users expressed outrage when Sony Pictures Entertainment chief executive Tony Vinciquerra mentioned the idea of a reboot to Variety in a profile on Norman Lear, who was the film’s executive producer. The piece, published Tuesday, only briefly mentions “The Princess Bride.”

“We have so many people coming to us saying, ‘We want to remake this show or that show,’” Vinciquerra told Variety. “Very famous people whose names I won’t use, but they want to redo ‘The Princess Bride.'”

[From NBC News]

Well… at least it’s not an announcement of a remake, it’s just the Sony Pictures CEO saying that “very famous people” WANT to remake it. I swear to God, everything is garbage. I’m trying to think of who would play these iconic roles now… like, Selena Gomez as Buttercup? Ansel Elgort as Wesley (GAH). Michael Fassbender as Prince Humperdinck, clearly. Maybe Diego Luna as Inigo Montoya (which is the only good suggestion, honestly).

Anyway, people were mad about it on Twitter! Including Jamie Lee Curtis (who is married to Christopher Guest) and Carey Elwes:

2019 Atlantic Theater Company Gala - Arrivals.

2019 Atlantic Theater Company Gala - Arrivals.

Images from ‘The Princess Bride’.

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  1. Sayrah says:

    I swear it will be done..

  2. SamC says:

    God please, NO! This is my all time favorite movie; romance, action, humor, quotable quotes, ROUS’, what more do you need?! I love Cary Elwes tweet.

    • Deanna says:

      Rodents of Unusual Size? l don’t think they exist.

      The thought of remaking this movie…

    • Agirlandherdog says:

      That tweet made my day.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      Cary Elwes was soooo beautiful in that movie and so funny! As a kid, I thought he was just perfect and was sad that he wasn’t in more movies.

      His tweet about this was perfect!

  3. Ariela says:

    It’s OK. I won’t watch it.

    • Becks1 says:

      This is how I feel. go ahead, remake it. I think it would be a box office flop, but go ahead and see what happens. I wont see it.

      They would make so much more money just from re-releasing the original for a brief run, lol.

    • (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

      This movie is perfection as is. There truly ARE some classics that should NEVER be touched, and CANNOT be equaled. END. OF.

      Honestly, are young writers/producers so lacking of talent that ALL they can do is latch onto someone else’s work?

      • Algernon says:

        They don’t lack talent, they lack opportunity. You can’t get anything made unless it’s a sequel, reboot, remake, or adaptation. They can’t sell original ideas, so they’re divvying up their childhood favorites to remake.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Audiences need to take more responsibility, too. It’s harder to get people to go to something totally original that they have never heard of before. It costs more money compared to something that already has name recognition.

    • Cindy says:

      This. I’m so done with people whining about movies being made. You don’t have to watch it. The original Princess Bride won’t be erased from history because a new one came out.

  4. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Remaking this movie is blasphemy. We still live our lives quoting this film. Rous’s will be unleashed.

  5. TheOriginalMia says:

    No!!! I mean it’s perfection. Why ruin it with a modern day reboot? The cast was great. So well cast. How about an original idea, Hollywood! Let classics remain classic and make new ones, you hacks!

  6. Aldo says:

    The Princess Bride IS a perfect movie.

    Hindsight, marrying someone who didn’t appreciate it was a huge red flag I ignored….

    • Harla says:

      Yes!! Princess Bride should be the litmus test for every marriage, relationship! For me that litmus test includes the Aadams Family movies with Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston. I’ve even made my kids significant others watch them in order to determine their fit into our family.

    • Kay says:

      I guess my husbands a winner then 😜 I walked in to our wedding to an acoustic guitar version of the princess bride theme song lol.
      Also Carey’s comment is priceless.

  7. Deedee says:

    Banish them to the Pit of Despair.

  8. Erinn says:

    The only way I’m watching this as a remake is if they make Nicholas Cage star in EVERY. SINGLE. ROLE.

  9. Snappyfish says:

    Never. No. this can’t be allowed. It’s perfect.

  10. Mia4s says:

    Why a remake? Do a sequel/continuation (with a new cast as needed). That’s the only thing that’s actually worked in creatively bankrupt Hollywood these days!

  11. lucy2 says:

    I love this movie, and there is absolutely no reason to remake it , other than a pure money grab.
    There are some stories that can be retold and updated in a more modern way, or the technology has caught up with the story, but there is simply no need for it on this one.


  12. ariel says:

    I don’t want to be an asshole like the male Ghostbusters fans of my generation who cried that the remake of the film with women as the ghostbusters had somehow ruined their childhoods/childhood memories.

    So, let them have at it. It is a free country, go for it, remake The Princess Bride.

    I will, however, ignore the remake. It is not being made for me.

    When I was newly 15, summer of 1987, 3 friends went to visit a 4th, who had moved (military family) to West Berlin. One girl brought the book The Princess Bride. And she laughed so much reading it, that when she was finished, we all took turns reading it. It was hysterical.
    When the movie came out the next summer (?), we saw it together.

    It is hard to believe any remake could come close to capturing the humor of the original.

    • SamC says:

      The book is so snarky funny; I usually will like the book or the movie but not both. Princess Bride was a rare exception where both are fantastic fun.

  13. tealily says:

    We have to draw the line somewhere and I’m drawing mine here.

  14. Liz version 700 says:

    No no no! Omg that movie is most perfect casting job and remaking it is wrong just no!

  15. C-Shell says:

    “I married the six fingered man, obviously why we have stayed together for 35 years”

    Jamie Lee Curtis is a treasure.

    Let’s hope that statement was a trial balloon that went over like it was made of lead.

  16. Jess says:

    Jesus Christ leave it alone!! Get creative and come up with something new, stop stealing our classics!

  17. line says:

    I have nostalgia for lots of movies (Rebel without cause, Clueless, , The Philadelphia Story, Ever after …) but I will didn’t want a remake of these films because a remake would never have the magic of the original .So I prefer to widely review 100 times all this films.

    • BeanieBean says:

      Just curious: what do you think of High Society? It was a remake of the Philadelphia Story. I preferred PS, but HS was still good, just different.

      • line says:

        The problem for me in High Society is casting, Grace Kelly does not have that energy and comedy’s talent that is needed for the role of Tracy then Bing Crosby is well in the role of Dexter but the age difference between him and Grace Kelly is far too visible and I think they did not have much chemistry between them.

        But all in all it’s a good movie but me too always prefer the version with Katharine Hepburn.

      • BeanieBean says:

        Yeah, that was pretty much my take on it, too. The original is just perfection. And they were always pairing Grace Kelly with old duffers.

  18. Jamie says:

    Inconceivable! Please, please no no no do not remake this movie!! I’ve watched it now with my teenage daughters a few times, and I told them about this rumor, and they were also horrified. Where were these people when they decided to remake this?! Unemployed, in GREENLAND?

  19. Ann says:

    I wouldn’t mind this if done right. I’ve always loved the book much more than the movie and I think the book is layered enough that they could make a movie that’s different from the first but still very smart and funny and enjoyable.

  20. Daneen says:

    I don’t understand. Are millennials incapable of watching movies made before they were born? Let’s call this out for what it is: Hollywood’s utter lack of creativity and innovation. If you can’t improve on the original – and I don’t see how you would, in this case – leave it alone. Also, as a mom who named her son Westley, I don’t want that name becoming popular thanks to some crappy remake. Rant over.

  21. TheHeat says:

    Hallo…my name is Inigo Montoya…if you touch this movie, prepare to die.

    • Mia4s says:

      Yeah OK, if there’s one thing I’ll concede? It would be nice to have an actual Spanish speaker in that role. 😬

      But no they still shouldn’t. Do a “Force Awakens” if you want, but a remake is sacrilege!!

  22. paranormalgirl says:

    The Princess Bride is timeless. It needs to never be remade. Ever.

  23. Mo says:

    To be contrary, the book had an entirely different framing story than the movie. There was a fairly crazy narrator creating a “family friendly” version of a book “The Princess Bride” to read to his son. The original book had a great deal of “boring” political commentary, which the narrator then comments upon in screamingly funny footnotes.

    The Princess Bride is one of the few works where the film and the book are both wonderful and can be read or watched in either order without the experience being “spoiled” at all. If you haven’t read the book, please do so at once! The part I always remember was when Buttercup was pronounced the most beautiful girl in the world, the book then went on to give the story of her rise in the rankings, including why all the other girls were no longer quite as beautiful as they once had been.

    So, there is not room to remake the movie, The Princess Bride. There could, however, be a wonderful TV series adaptation of the book.

  24. smcollins says:

    It’s official, these studio CEO’s have lost their damned minds! Carey Elwes’ response is perfection and sums it up perfectly.

  25. Kendra says:

    Not really fan of remakes in general but this would benefit from one, I saw it recently the sets and action was very dated and acting wooden. If it’s something you saw as a kid you probably have more fondness for it but for me only the dialogue was something that stood out.

  26. emme says:

    man, seeing all these potential (and actual reboots) is disappointing. i think the bigger issue is that movies that could be just as beloved as original princess bride aren’t being made. instead, reboots get the resources and promotions. so it’s possible that awesome would-be classics just aren’t getting the help they need to be made!
    i love the princess bride though! my parents saw it on one of their dates in college and showed it to me when i was a kid! it became one of the standard sleepover movies for me and my friends. 🙂

  27. gabrielle says:


  28. Lolagirl says:

    What in the fresh hell! This would be a travesty of the highest order. Hands off, Hollywood.

  29. FuefinaWG says:

    Rather than remaking an incredibly successful movie from 30+ years ago, if Hollywood wants to remake movies, they should focus on remaking really bad movies. There are so many with original bad casting, bad writing, and bad direction to choose from.
    The great thing about TPB is that we weren’t expecting all the marvelous crap that happened in the film and it was so overwhelmingly delightful. Superb writing, superb casting, superb direction.

  30. Polly says:

    Can they please just stop? I just saw the trailer for the new adaptation of The Secret Garden and its a soulless CGI mess. If something has already been done perfectly just leave it alone. There are other stories to be told.

  31. Ann says:

    Next time I have my niece and nephew we’re watching this. They love the 80s movies I grew up with. ET is one of their favorites. I bet my niece will love it. She’s 4 and LOVES princesses. They should totally not remake this movie but they’re going to. Uhhhhh.

  32. Kate says:

    I would endorse a re-release of the movie in theaters with a real trailer this time (since apparently the first time they had a bad trailer and poster and no one went to see it). I would also support with my moneys a stage adaptation of the book/movie a la Spamalot.

  33. Snazzy says:

    i think I may be the only person who did not like this movie

  34. Nibbi says:

    Godammit, is nothing sacred ?!

  35. Elona Kung says:

    I agree the first movie was perfection.
    I think the only person close enough that would resemble Carey Elwes is Joe Alywn.
    No I don’t agree on Taylor Swift playing Buttercup but I am sure she would really , really want to.

  36. Kate says:

    Booo! Booo! BOOO!!!

    Been reading Celebitchy for years, and delurked today to tell you if you haven’t read Cary Elwes’ memoir about making the film, “As You Wish,” READ IT! It’s very sweet and classy but full of behind the scenes tidbits…it was like getting to fall in love with the movie all over again!

  37. dotwood says:

    Ugh. Inconceivable!! I really hope they don’t remake this. But if they must, definitely Pedro Pascal for Inigo Montoya.

  38. Jane Doe says:

    Maybe Hollywood could try to develop some NEW ORIGINAL ideas into a new generation of charming movies for audiences to fall in love with…

  39. holly hobby says:

    Absolutely not! What does Rob Reiner and Norman Lear have to say about this? Poor William Goldman is probably rolling in his grave.