Inconceivable! The Princess Bride is headed to the stage
Get ready to feel old- more than a quarter of a century has passed since we were first introduced to Inigo Montoya and learned to never go to war with a Sicilian when death is on the line. The highly quotable Princess Bride bowed into theatres back in 1987 and is now, twenty-six years later, being primed to make its stage debut in a brand new musical.
Disney is currently working on a deal with William Goldman - author of the 1973 fairy tale and the film’s screenplay - to get his beloved characters including Buttercup and Wesley ready for the stage. Disney is no stranger to successful movie-to-stage adaptations. The studio has been behind The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast and the brand-new Aladdin, currently on stage in previews in Toronto before it moves to Broadway in the new year.
All of the successful stage musicals have infused the old familiar classics with new songs and sequences, which could bode well for imparting some song and dance numbers in The Princess Bride.
With the partnership between Disney and Goldman just announced, there’s no names to link to the cast or an expected timeline of when we could see Prince Humperdinck and Fezzik take the stage. Inigo Montoya himself, Mandy Patinkin has been a mainstay on Broadway and beyond over the past three decades, so we might only hope that the creative team finds a way to bring him to the stage in The Princess Bride.
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