'The Princess Bride' is headed to Broadway

Nov. 11, 2013 at 2:16 PM
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NEW YORK, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Broadway's Disney Theatrical Productions says it is developing William Goldman's beloved book and movie, "The Princess Bride," as a stage work.

"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," Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, said in a statement Monday.

"'The Princess Bride' has proven to be an enduring delight and a beloved favorite to multiple generations," said Thomas Schumacher, president and producer of Disney Theatrical Productions. "What William Goldman created is first and foremost a celebration of storytelling; what better place to spin that tale than on the stage?"

"I am thrilled that the next chapter in the life of 'The Princess Bride' will unfold on the stage. With Alan Horn, Thomas Schumacher and his team at Disney Theatrical Productions leading the way, Buttercup, Westley and all of Florin are in the best of hands," said Goldman.

The creative team and development timetable for the project have yet to be determined, the producers said.

Goldman's 1973 fairytale romance was adapted for the big screen in 1987 by director Rob Reiner and producer Norman Lear. It starred Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Billy Crystal, Mandy Patinkin, Fred Savage, Christopher Guest, Chris Sarandon, Peter Falk and wrestler Andre the Giant.

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