“The Princess Bride” actor Carry Elwes says to reboot the film would be a bad move because it’s so beloved.
Rob Reiner‘s comedic adventure is timeless and appeals to adults and kids alike. Carry Elwes stars as Westley, a farmhand turned pirate who must prevent his true love, Princess Buttercup, from marrying the obnoxious Prince Humperdinck.
The movie’s stakes and thrills hold up and it’s an effortlessly quotable film. There’s a ton of potential for sequels and remakes, all of which have been discussed. Of course, this is the “easy way out” for studio execs to target an already-established fan base.
Carry Elwes told “The Hollywood Reporter” that he insists they “leave it alone.” The news may sound grim, but the actor is completely justified. The standalone film has a sense of completion and fulfillment. Not something true for a lot of modern flicks.
Rightfully so, Elwes would rather preserve the sanctity of “The Princess Bride.”
Their feeling is that when they do a reboot or remake, they have a target audience, so they don’t have to spend as much on marketing. So I understand the motivation. But my theory is, look, if the movie is popular and it’s done well, and people love it, I think it’s pretty much best left alone. If a film has landed in the hearts of the public, then, to me, it is not a good idea to try and revisit it.Carry Elwes
“The Princess Bride” star makes a solid argument for maintaining authenticity in a spinoff-centric landscape.
It’s true studios are focusing on their established franchises like “Hocus Pocus,” “Legally Blonde” and “Home Alone,” so we can only hope we can hang onto one last original standalone classic