Disney Theatrical Productions announced yesterday that it will develop The Princess Bride for the stage.
The Princess Bride was written by William Goldman in 1973 and was adapted as a movie 1987. It is listed as of one of the WGA’s (Writers Guild of America) 101 Best Films of All Times and is a cult classic.
“My involvement in The Princess Bride goes back to 1987 and it has always been close to my heart. For all those years and a few more, I’ve been friends with the brilliant Bill Goldman, and to now have a stage production of this film in development at Disney is honestly a dream come true. It couldn’t be in better hands than those of the experienced Disney Theatrical team led by Tom Schumacher,” said Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios.
“The Princess Bride has proven to be an enduring delight and a beloved favorite to multiple generations,” said Thomas Schumacher, President and Producer Disney Theatrical Productions. “What William Goldman created is first and foremost a celebration of storytelling; what better place to spin that tale than on the stage?”
“I am thrilled that the next chapter in the life of The Princess Bride will unfold on the stage. With Alan Horn, Thomas Schumacher and his team at Disney Theatrical Productions leading the way, Buttercup, Westley and all of Florin are in the best of hands,” said author, William Goldman.
I f you haven’t seen or read The Princess Bride, it is a story about a kindly grandfather who sits down with his ill grandson and reads him a story. The story is one that has been passed down from father to son for generations. The action comes alive as the grandfather reads the story. It is a classic tale of love and adventure where the beautiful Buttercup, engaged to the odious Prince Humperdinck, is kidnapped and held against her will in order to start a war. It is up to Westley (her childhood beau, now returned as the Dread Pirate Roberts) to save her. On the way he meets a thief and his hired helpers, an accomplished swordsman and a huge, super strong giant, both of whom become Westley’s companions in his quest.
It is also one of the most quoted movie that I know of. Ever heard these:
“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”
“There will be blood tonight!”
“As you wish.”
“You mock my pain!”
“Have fun stormin’ da castle.”
“I do not envy you the headache you will have when you awake. But for now, rest well and dream of large women.”
You can thank The Princess Bride for all of them.
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