Disney Theatrical Productions and famed film scribe William Goldman are teaming for a stage production based on “The Princess Bride”.
Goldman penned the 1973 fairy tale and the screenplay for the beloved 1987 Rob Reiner film adaptation. Current Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn, who was involved in that film adaptation, is the man who was key to this deal coming together.
The original film followed a young beauty (Robin Wright) reluctantly engaged to the kingdom of Florin’s evil prince (Chris Sarandon). Kidnapped on the eve of their wedding, she’s rescued by her farmboy sweetheart (Cary Elwes). It included an all star cast of comedy greats like Christopher Guest, Mandy Patinkin, Peter Falk, Billy Crystal, Carol Kane, Peeter Cook, Wallace Shawn and Mel Smith.
Things are still in extremely early stages for the theatrical adaptation with no production schedule set, and still no decision as to whether to do it as either a musical or a play.
An attempt to bring the property to the stage happened six years ago but was was halted due to financial issues. No material from that attempt will be used in this new version.