Get out your swords, because Inigo Montoya, Westley, Buttercup and Vizzini could be heading to Broadway! Disney Theatrical Productions is readying a stage adaptation of the beloved 1973 novel and 1987 film, The Princess Bride. No casting, creative team, dates or theater have been announced, but we’ve got our fingers crossed (all six of them) that the show will premiere on the Great White Way soon.
“The Princess Bride has proven to be an enduring delight and a beloved favorite to multiple generations,” said Thomas Schumacher, president and producer of Disney Theatrical Productions, in a statement. “What William Goldman created is first and foremost a celebration of storytelling; what better place to spin that tale than on the stage?”
“I am thrilled that the next chapter in the life of The Princess Bride will unfold on the stage,” said author William Goldman. “With [Walt Disney Studios chairman] 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.”
The Princess Bride tells the story of Buttercup, a beautiful woman who lives on a farm with her parents, her horse and their farm-boy Westley—whom she falls in love with. But when Westley leaves to seek his fortune and Buttercup hears the news that he is dead, she agrees, reluctantly, to marry Prince Humperdinck, the heir to the throne of Florin. When Buttercup is kidnapped by three outlaws, all sorts of wild adventures ensue as the two lovers try to reunite. Directed by Rob Reiner, The Princess Bride film stars Cary Elwes, Tony winner Mandy Patinkin, Wallace Shawn, Christopher Guest, Chris Sarandon and Robin Wright.
Composer Adam Guettel was reportedly involved in a new adaptation of The Princess Bride in 2005, but in 2012 he announced that he was no longer attached to the project.
Get ready for the stage adaptation with the Princess Bride movie trailer!