It was only a matter of time. Classic 1980s fantasy movie The Princess Bride is being made into a stage production by Disney.
Disney Theatrical Productions said William Goldman’s 1973 novel and subsequent 1987 film adaptation, starring Robin Wright and Cary Elwes, would be the next story it develops for its stage arm, Entertainment Weekly reported.
The cult Rob Reiner-directed film follows the romance between a farm girl, Buttercup (Robin Wright), and a farm hand, Wesley (Cary Elwes), as told by a grandfather to his sick grandchild. What starts as a simple love story soon becomes a swashbuckling adventure to save Buttercup from the evil clutches of Prince Humperdinck, famously played by Chris Sarandon.
The highlights of the story were the supporting characters, including Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin), Fezzik (Andre the Giant), Vizzini (Wallace Shawn) Miracle Max (Billy Crystal), and the witty one-liners peppered throughout.
The Princess Bride production is the latest screen-to-stage vehicle from Disney. Previous productions include the smash-hit Broadway play The Lion King, Mary Poppins and Beauty and the Beast. There is no word on when the adaptation will be realised.
News of the Disney production came as US singer Alannis Morissette announced she is adapting her acclaimed 1995 album, Jagged Little Pill, for the stage some time in 2014. Morissette’s production will be developed by Broadway veteran Tom Kitt, who also adapted Green Day’s American Idiot for the stage in 2009. Jagged Little Pill includes the No. 1 songs You Oughta Know and Ironic.
Some of our favourite moments from The Princess Bride:
1. My name is Inigo Montoya
2. As you wish
4. Miracle Max