The Princess Bride star Cary Elwes continues to insist that a remake of the film would be a bad idea. The Princess Bride is a 1987 Rob Reiner classic adapted from the 1973 novel of the same name by William Goldman. The film, which starred Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Wallace Shawn, Andr the Giant, and Christopher Guest, followed an epic fantasy tale as read to a young man by his grandfather. Elwes starred in the film as Westley, a farmhand whose genuine romance Princess Buttercup is about to be forced to marry the odious Prince Humperdinck.
Speaking with THR, Cary Elwes reiterated previous statements about a Princess Bride reboot railing against the idea of a potential remake. He points out that “the cost of advancement and advertising has become so restrictive now that [the studios] want to eliminate that” which involves them creating projects that already have an established fan base. Nonetheless, he insists that the film is “best left alone.” He wants to preserve the sanctity of The Princess Bride, saying that “in case a film has landed in the hearts of the general population, then, as far as I might be concerned, it’s anything but a smart thought to attempt to revisit it.” Check out the full statement beneath:
Lets just say that Joe will get an unbelievably alternate point of view on life, and its going to lead him to, I think, a huge decision. Everyone seems to think the huge decision he made was last year, to put down his badge, yet there is a lot greater decision coming his way in Season 8 that takes the character down a path that he didnt realize he was on, however that will feel like its the place he always expected to go.
The Princess Bride star is certainly right about the ways that studios are leaning on their established IP at this point on schedule. Especially while the entertainment industry is still struggling to right itself after the massive losses it sustained during the pandemic closures, producers are focusing on projects like Hocus Pocus 2, Disenchanted, Legally Blonde 3, and other projects with an established fan base. Almost certainly, a Princess Bride remake has been discussed at more than one board meeting, however assuming Cary Elwes has his way, the conversation will stop there.