No One Needs a Remake of "The Princess Bride"

The Princess Bride star Cary Elwes has spoken out in light of news that there are people who wish to remake the classic film.

"There's a shortage of perfect movies in this world," Elwes wrote in a quote-tweet. "It would be a pity to damage this one.

The news was reported in Variety with the announcement that Norman Lear's new Sony deal would take him up to his 100th birthday.  Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Tony Vinciquerra was quoted in the article.

"We have so many people coming to us saying, 'We want to remake this show or that show,'" Vinciquerra says. "Very famous people whose names I won't use, but they want to redo 'The Princess Bride.' Some people want to do animated versions of some of the sitcoms. Not a month goes by when we don't have an idea coming from some very big name wanting to do things with Norman."

I'm often reminded of a phrase that Nick Offerman's character, Deputy Chief Hardy recited a few years back in 21 Jump Street: "We're reviving a canceled undercover police program from the '80s and revamping it for modern times. You see the guys in charge of this stuff lack creativity and are completely out of ideas, so all they do now is recycle shit from the past and expect us all not to notice."

He's not wrong–21 Jump Street itself was a remake of a 1980s television series. Even taking into account the insane amount of television series getting reboots and Disney making live-action films based on animated classics, enough is enough. There's no reason on earth to so much as even consider remaking The Princess Bride. If money is an issue, why not just rerelease the film on the big screen? Or maybe even give it a 4K Ultra HD release?

The Princess Bride doesn't need to be remade. Not now. Not ever.

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About Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is a film critic and aspiring filmmaker living in Chicago. She is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle, Galeca: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, Alliance of Women Film Journalists, Online Association of Female Film Critics, Online Film Critics Society, and the Online Film & Television Association.
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