Apparently, it’s not “inconceivable” – and we do know what that means. Disney Theatrical Productions plans on working with The Princess Bride writer/screenwriter William Goldman to bring the beloved fairy tale to the stage. The current Walt Disney Studios chairman, Alan Horn, negotiated the deal. He was originally involved with the 1987 Rob Reiner film when he worked at Castle Rock.
“My involvement in The Princess Bride goes back to 1987, and it has always been close to my heart,” Horn said. “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.”
The Princess Bride centers on a grandfather telling his sick grandson a comical love story about a young woman named Buttercup who reluctantly becomes engaged to the prince of the kingdom. She is then kidnapped right before her wedding and is rescued by her true love, a farm-boy named Westley.
Whether the stage production will be a musical or play has not been decided, but fans of the fairy tale are excited nonetheless. A similar stage production based on the book had been announced several years ago, but fell through in 2007. In an “as you wish” move from Disney, the production company is now moving forward with their own version.
What do you think about this news? “Inconceivable” or finally!