While a remake of “The Princess Bride” hasn’t actually been announced, any plans for one are already sparking serious backlash.
Stars and public figures like Jamie Lee Curtis, Mia Farrow, Ted Cruz and even the star of the 1987 classic “The Princess Bride” Cary Elwes formed their own Brute Squad in opposition to the idea after rumors started circulating about a remake on Tuesday evening.
“There’s a shortage of perfect movies in this world. It would be a pity to damage this one,” Elwes, who plays Westley in the film, said on Twitter in a reference to just one of his many famous lines.
The backlash was sparked following a comment by Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Tony Vinciquerra in Variety’s profile of Norman Lear. Lear is a producer on “The Princess Bride,” which was directed by Rob Reiner and written by the late William Goldman based on his own novel. A remake may not immediately be in the works, but it sounds like there’s some excitement.
“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.’ Some people want to do animated versions of some of the sitcoms. Not a month goes by when we don’t have an idea coming from some very big name wanting to do things with Norman.”
That didn’t stop fans of the film expressing themselves and quoting their favorite dialogue.
“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,” Jamie Lee Curtis, who is married to Count Rugen actor Christopher Guest, said on Twitter. “Life is pain highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something!”
“‘The Princess Bride’ is the greatest thing, in the world–except for a nice MLT, mutton, lettuce and tomato sandwich, where the mutton is nice and lean and the tomato is ripe. They’re so perky, I love that. DON’T MESS WITH PERFECTION,” Senator Ted Cruz said in a tweet.
Check out more of the online reaction below:
There’s a shortage of perfect movies in this world. It would be a pity to damage this one. https://t.co/5N8Q3P2e5G
— Cary Elwes (@Cary_Elwes) September 18, 2019
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. “Life is pain highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something!” https://t.co/hv33UIZKN3
— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) September 17, 2019
I’m rarely a “don’t remake this” kind of guy, because I make an effort to be near-pathologically optimistic, and I try very hard to believe that there may be some genius version of a remake that I lack the vision to imagine.
All that said, don’t remake the Princess Bride. https://t.co/5LvQmoBe12
— Franklin Leonard (@franklinleonard) September 17, 2019
A) No. B) Calling it Norman Lear's The Princess Bride is as accurate as Al Ruddy's The Godfather—in that neither of them is creatively responsible for what you know and love. C) No. https://t.co/JsT2ISzvgf
— J.J. Blabrams (@marcbernardin) September 17, 2019
NOOOOOOOO!!!!!! Sonny, The Princess Bride is the greatest thing, in the world—except for a nice MLT, mutton, lettuce and tomato sandwich, where the mutton is nice and lean and the tomato is ripe. They’re so perky, I love that. DON’T MESS WITH PERFECTION. https://t.co/A2lWFlq2yB
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) September 17, 2019
Theres a rumor afoot that someone wants to remake ‘Princess Bride’ which is a terrible idea. Its a perfect, much loved movie
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) September 18, 2019
— Dictionary.com (@Dictionarycom) September 17, 2019
Throw these producers and executives into the PIT OF DESPAIR and crank The Machine up to 50!!! https://t.co/9faP2AzqLn
— Evan Schreiber (@SchreiberEvan) September 18, 2019
My name is Inigo Montoya. You remade The Princess Bride. Prepare to die. https://t.co/cWf0WcTMvo
— Matthew Herper (@matthewherper) September 18, 2019
Do not touch The Princess Bride.
Do not remake it.
Do not enhance it.
Do not remaster it.
Keep you damn dirty hands off The Princess Bride. pic.twitter.com/VgbWCnOBUI
— Rus McLaughlin (@rusmclaughlin) September 17, 2019
You've fallen for one of the two classic blunders! The first being never get involved in a land war in Asia but only slightly lesser known: never go in on a Princess Bride reboot! https://t.co/1AZkr41gDI
— Adam Lance Garcia (@AdamLanceGarcia) September 17, 2019
Is the Princess Bride reboot all dead yet? Or only mostly dead?
— Courtney Enlow (@courtenlow) September 18, 2019