Rob Reiner's beloved 1987 classic is being adapted into a stage musical

By Ale Russian
March 28, 2019 12:39 PM
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Fans of The Princess Bride — get excited!

The beloved 1987 film is one step closer to hitting the Broadway stage with Disney Theatricals hiring a new team to make it happen. Composer and lyricist David Yazbek (The Band’s Visit) and a book writers Bob Martin (The Prom) and Rick Elice (The Cher Show) have been tapped to create a musical from Rob Reiner’s film, according to Deadline.

The film previously came close to being adapted into a stage musical but negotiations fizzled in 2007, reports Playbill.

The film follows as a grandfather reads his sick grandson the story of a farm girl who falls in love with her farmhand before he disappears and is believed dead. When she is set to marry the Prince, her long-lost love saves her and the two are forced to overcome several obstacles to be together.

The Princess Bride starred Robin Wright as Buttercup, with Cary Elwes playing the former farmhand that responds to all her commands with, “As You Wish.”

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“It was just the warmest family. We stayed at the same hotel and ate together downstairs,” Wright told Variety of filming the romantic fantasy. “Rob rented a house, we would go over there, they could cook dinner and somebody would pull out this guitar and sing songs. Rob would sing. It was a real family and we laughed so much.”

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The film would join a growing slate of films getting ready to make their musical debut.

Other fan-favorites like The Devil Wears Prada and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants are currently in development for their Broadway debut, while recent movies like Mean Girls and Pretty Woman are currently enjoying successful runs as musicals on the Great White Way.