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Disney Teams With William Goldman on “Princess Bride: The Musical”
A new musical is in the works following one the greatest love stories ever told: The Princess Bride. The iconic 1987 film was based on the novel of the same name written by William Golding in 1973. A new deal between Disney and Goldman has the project finally moving forward to musical territory.
The Princess Bride a framed tales. Told by a kindly old man to his ailing grandson, it spins a comic tale of love and adventure about Buttercup, a young beauty reluctantly engaged to the kingdom of Florin’s evil prince but kidnapped on the eve of their wedding. She is ultimately rescued by her farmboy sweetheart Westley, aided by a giant and a Spanish master swordsman.
The film starred Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Wallace Shawn, Andre the Giant, Billy Crystal and Peter Falk. It was produced by Andrew Scheinman and Reiner, and executive produced by Norman Lear.
The stage version of the love story was proposed years ago but was cancelled after several disagreements. Goldman collaborated on that project with Adam Guettel, the Tony-winning composer of The Light in the Piazza. But while much of the score was completed, development was halted over a financial dispute.Currently, it seems like the project is finally making headway.
Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said,
“My involvement in The Princess Bride goes back to 1987 and it has always been close to my heart. 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.”
No timeline has yet been announced.