Reboots may be all the rage, but Jamie Lee Curtis only has rage for a possible remake of the cult classic “The Princess Bride.”
The 60-year-old actress balked at the idea on Twitter after Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Tony Vinciquerra revealed a remake of the beloved 1987 movie could become a reality.
“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.’”
Vinciquerra revealed the early-stage plans in a profile about Normal Lear, who produced the 1987 movie among other hits, and signed a new deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment. Curtis, who has been married to a star of the original film, Christopher Guest, for over three decades, tweeted her thoughts about the forthcoming remake of the Rob Reiner classic.
“Oh really? Well, I married the six fingered man, obviously why we have stayed together for 35 years and there is only ONE The Princess Bride and it’s William Goldman and @robreiner’s,” she wrote, before quoting a line in the movie: “‘Life is pain highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something!’”
“The Princess Bride” is an adaption of a 1973 novel of the same name that follows Westley (Cary Elwes) on his quest to rescue Princess Buttercup (Robin Wright), who was kidnapped and forced to marry Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon). The film also stars Mandy Patinkin, Wallace Shawn, André the Giant, Billy Crystal and Fred Savage, among others.
Curtis isn’t alone in thinking the iconic movie shouldn’t be remade. Stars of the original like Carol Kane — who played Valerie, the wife of Crystal’s character Miracle Max — and Elwes both think the original is untouchable.
“I don’t think a movie remake [would work] because I think it’s perfect,” Kane told Page Six. “I would gather that Rob Reiner would say the same and everybody in it would say the same.”
“Good luck. We captured lightning in a bottle,” Elwes told CinemaBlend. “It’s tough to remake an original. That’s why it’s called an original.”
Wright once discussed the idea of a sequel in an interview with Deadline and made her thoughts very clear. “Don’t ruin it,” she said.
There’s also “Princess Bride” Broadway musical by Disney Theatrical Productions in the works, according to Deadline. So far, award-winning composer and lyricist David Yazbek and book writers Bob Martin and Rick Elice have signed on.
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