Monday, December 2, 2013

As You Wished: "The Princess Bride" Heads To Broadway, Cary Elwes Is Writing A Princess Bride (Movie) Tales Memoir & More

Since we all fell in love with the 1987 film of The Princess Bride, no one has been able to top the production or add any (large) incarnation or adaptation to the "franchise", despite best efforts. First there was the novel, then the movie but then nothing Princess-Bride related has stuck past early development (beyond comic books, trading cards, new covers and various one-off art works and cosplay). Until now.

I've gone to write a post on this a couple of times but each time I do there's more Princess Bride news to add (must be Princess Bride season). I can't wait any longer - I must share!

Here's the (very happy and enthusiastic) announcement, care of, with additional statements from Disney Theatricals Productions Producer, Tom Schumacher, and the original novel writer William Goldman:
Get out your swords, because Inigo Montoya, Westley, Buttercup and Vizzini could be heading to Broadway! Disney Theatrical Productions is readying a stage adaptation of the beloved 1973 novel and 1987 film, The Princess Bride. No casting, creative team, dates or theater have been announced, but we’ve got our fingers crossed (all six of them) that the show will premiere on the Great White Way soon. 
The Princess Bride has proven to be an enduring delight and a beloved favorite to multiple generations,” said Thomas Schumacher, president and producer of Disney Theatrical Productions, in a statement. “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,” said author William Goldman. “With [Walt Disney Studios chairman] 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.”
No word yet on whether it will be a musical or a straight (but very funny) play, or who the creative team will be. From all I've read, it's looking less likely it will be a musical, though all the online media are busy speculating and wishing on a list of songs that "must" be included (please do NOT turn "My Name Is Inigo Montoya, You Killed My Father, Prepare To Die", into a song!). All we know is that a composer who has been working on a musical adaptation of Princess Bride on and off since 2005, recently announced he is no longer attached to any Princess Bride project, apparently due to creative differences with author William Goldman. (He did say, however, that he's keeping his work in a drawer for using in a some other fairy tale project, should that possibility ever raise its head)

Here's a video of the announcement, with some fun clips included - new and old - as well:

In a suitably timely manner, Houghton Mifflen Harcourt has released a very special, newly illustrated edition, with 50 beautiful images by artist Michael Manomivibul (see the cover at left and the illustration below). There are two (lovely and lengthy) introductions included in the book - one for the 30th edition and the one from the 25th edition, which give a lot of background on the development of the movie in particular and in this edition, Goldman's additional short story, Buttercup's Baby ,is also included. (You can read a lot of the introduction in the "look inside" preview at

And there's more news too: Cary Elwes is writing a memoir, all about his fond memories from his involvement in The Princess Bride movie. From StarTribune:

The actor has a deal with Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, for a memoir about the beloved fairy tale. The book is called "As You Wish: Tales from the Princess Bride." Touchstone announced Friday that it has scheduled publication for the fall of 2014. 
Rob Reiner, who directed "The Princess Bride," is contributing a foreword. The book, to be co-written by Joe Layden, also will include interviews with Billy Crystal, Robin Wright and other cast members from the 1987 production.

I'm actually looking forward to Elwes' book. Since we never really got a real "movie book" for The Princess Bride, this should be a fun addition to the library (I really hope there are pictures!).

So: lots of Princess Bride news! With all this news, I expect to see an explosion of Princess Bride fan art in the immediate future as well (yes please!). Regarding PB's journey to Broadway in particular, you can sign up HERE to be notified of any official news as it develops.

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