With Disney setting the trend for ‘reimagining’ (remaking) classic movies, we have been seeing more studios trying to catch up with them by remaking their old classics. Though it sounds good on paper, most critics and movie-lovers think that this move could degrade the audience’s viewing culture. Adding fuel to this fire, Sony Pictures’ CEO has recently hinted the possibility for remaking The Princess Bride. Last week, Sony Pictures boss Tony Vinciquerra mentioned in an interview: “Very famous people whose names I won’t use, but they want to redo The Princess Bride… Not a month goes by when we don’t have an idea coming from some very big name wanting to do things with Norman.”
Though there was no official confirmation about the remake, the comments became viral and suddenly every devoted fan on the internet weighed in on the situation. Actor Jamie Lee Curtis, the film’s original star Cary Elwes, and even the US senator Ted Cruz were few of the many who joined in on the fight between movie-lovers and studio-owners.
Few of the comments against the move are listed 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
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
I would never dare.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) September 17, 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
The Princess Bride vs. any potential remake. pic.twitter.com/Bs7XPdhcoV
— Andrew Bauer (@thedynamos) 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
It is incredible to realize that a tiny sentence in a small paragraph of a large profile could lead to such an outcry. However, we sincerely hope that the studio understands what their audience wants rather than what the board of directors want. After all, movies are for the audiences, right?!