You can yell "as you wish" at Cary Elwes all day, but don't you dare try to remake "The Princess Bride"
In today’s world, very few things are a solid guarantee — but it is very much a guarantee that everything you loved and cherished from your childhood will be rebooted or remade at some point in time. That’s Hollywood’s favorite ~thing~ right now, whether it be a movie (or TV show) completely revamped and repackaged, or a sequel made some 20+ years later. Or even, a classic movie getting a millennial update. It’s going to happen, we’ve seen it happen, and by now, we should be used to it.
However, there are a few things that are so special, and so precious, it’s hard to think about them ever being remade — let alone tinkered with. There are a handful of movies that are downright sacred, and redoing them in any way would be, well, inconceivable.
The Princess Bride turns the big 3-0 this year, and listen, eventually someone, somewhere is going to think, “wow, wouldn’t it be a great idea to remake this movie?” While it might sound like a great idea at the time, it is not a great idea, and you KNOW IT IN YOUR HEART. So does Cary Elwes, who played the dashing and brave Westley by day, Dread Pirate Roberts by night.
When asked about the idea of another Princess Bride, Elwes is quick to state the obvious, “I feel sorry [for whoever tries to remake it]. There are legions of fans who will be disappointed, I’m sure.”
Elwes isn’t steadfast against returning to the movie and character for a sequel , but he has some stipulations. For starters, if “[screenwriter William] Goldman or [director Rob] Reiner were involved, I think I can safely speak for the whole cast… we would all [return to the movie] for sure.”
But no Goldman and no Reiner, no Elwes as Westley.
So hopefully you’ll sleep fine tonight knowing that Princess Bride is safe from a remake — for now.