Will it ever end? I’m not usually ‘That Guy’ but enough with the reboots and remakes. Last week it was Face/Off, yesterday it was Set It Off, and next, according to Sony CEO Tony Vinciquerra, it could be The Princess Bride.
While speaking with Variety about prolific Hollywood producer Norman Lear, Vinciquerra had some interesting things to say about the classic film. “We have so many people coming to us saying, ‘We want to remake this show or that show.’ Very famous people whose names I won’t use, but they want to redo The Princess Bride.”
So, right off the bat, I may be a little biased here. The Princess Bride was, and still is, the most quoted movie in my house growing up. Not to say that’s uncommon or anything but, worth mentioning nonetheless. Regardless, just the mention of a remake of Rob Reiner and William Goldman’s classic film set Twitter on fire Tuesday. Fans lit up the replies of Variety’s tweet regarding the subject and a number of celebrities even tore into the Sony boss.
Cary Elwes, a star of the original film, jumped in to signal his disapproval. Elwes, like many of the fans, appropriately used one of his character’s lines to dismiss the idea:
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
It’s unclear if the “very famous people” Vinciquerra mentions even exist or if the executive is just testing the waters for a remake the studio’s been considering in house. But the Trumpian word choice and immediate near-universal backlash make it sound to me like they don’t. Either way, if they do exist fans deserve to know so that they can be promptly ‘canceled’ and all notions of a remake can be forgotten.