THE PRINCESS BRIDE to be Adapted for the Stage by Disney Theatrical
The beloved tongue-in-cheek fairytale Academy Award winning writer William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President’s Men) is heading to the stage through Disney's theatrical division. At this time there's no word who the production team will be, or when it will begin official development.
Goldman adapted the fantasy/romance/comedy story into a beloved live-action film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Cary Elwes as Westley (aka The Dread Pirate Roberts), Robin Wright as his true love Buttercup, Mandy Patinkin as Spanish swordsman Inigo Montoya and Andre the Giant as gentle brute Fezzik. Released in 1987 through Castle Rock Entertainment, the film also starred Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn, Peter Falk, Fred Savage, Billy Crystal and Carol Kane.
The story, read from a book to young boy by his grandfather, tell of two countries on the verge of war. he reluctant Princess Buttercup is devastated by the loss of her true love, kidnapped by a mercenary and his henchmen, rescued by a pirate, forced to marry Prince Humperdinck, and rescued once again by the very crew who absconded with her in the first place. In the course of this dazzling adventure, she’ll meet Vizzini—the criminal philosopher who’ll do anything for a bag of gold; Fezzik—the gentle giant; Inigo—the Spaniard whose steel thirsts for revenge; and Count Rugen—the evil mastermind behind it all. Foiling all their plans and jumping into their stories is Westley, Princess Buttercup’s one true love and a very good friend of a very dangerous pirate.
Disney Theatrical has produced many popular and award winning shows including Beauty & The Beast, The Lion King, Newsies and Mary Poppins, and has several other properties in development for the stage (Shakespeare in Love, Alice in Wonderland). Their latest show Aladdin is currently playing in Toronto and will move to Broadway next year.