'The Princess Bride' stage show planned by Disney (Poll)
Inigo Montoya, Westley and Fezzik are going to have fun storming the castle ... on stage. There's a "Princess Bride" production in the works, courtesy of Disney.
The premiere date and casting list have not yet been announced, but a website has been established by Disney Theatrical Productions. The group announced recently that a deal has been signed to begin developing the cult 1987 fantasy film "The Princess Bride" for the stage.
"My involvement in 'The Princess Bride' goes back to 1987 and it has always been close to my heart," Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn said in a Disney statement. "For all those years and a few more, I've been friends with the brilliant Bill Goldman, and to now have a stage production of this film in development at Disney is honestly a dream come true. It couldn't be in better hands than those of the experienced Disney Theatrical team led by Tom Schumacher."
It is unclear if the project will be a musical. Disney Theatrical Productions has produced several Broadway musicals, including "The Lion King" and its newest, "Aladdin," which is set to premiere in 2014.
The movie, one of the most beloved films in the United States, depicted the love story of Princess Buttercup and farm boy"-turned-pirate Westley and his quest to rescue the girl from the evil Prince Humperdink, along with the help of swordsman Inigo Montoya and giant Fezzik.
"The Princess Bride" stars the likes of Robin Wright, Cary Elwes, Fred Savage of "The Wonder Years," Billy Crystal and "Homeland" star Mandy Patinkin.
The film is based on a book by William Goldman. The author had said at a "Princess Bride" 25th anniversary event and cast reunion at the New York Film Festival in October 2012 that he wanted to make a sequel to the beloved story.
"I am thrilled that the next chapter in the life of The Princess Bride will unfold on the stage. With 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," Goldman said in Disney's statement.
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