Rant – Princess Bride Remake – Why mess with perfection?


We are not amused

So I found a story on a website I occasionally look to for news and views, zgeek.com  which, frankly, disturbed me.  The story relates to the recently announced remake of one of the most spectacularly awesome movies of all time namely, the Princess Bride.

The story in question goes a little bit like this:

“More than 24 years after its release, “The Princess Bride” remains one of the most beloved cult classics in movie history, so filming a remake is no small task. However, director Jason Reitman recently announced the cast for his planned project and they are certainly up to the challenge, Paste magazine reports.

The main character of Westley is set to be played by Paul Rudd who has become a favorite among directors over the last several years. His love interested, the titular princess, will be played by Mindy Kaling, best known for her role as Kelly on “The Office.”

The supporting cast is just as impressive as the two leads, the publication reports. Comedians Patton Oswalt and Nick Kroll are both on board as well.”

I have to ask. What in the name of reason and sanity could possess you to tamper with something so loved, so well known, so iconic and frankly so perfect as the Princess Bride?

Whoever has greenlit this remake has got to have rocks in his head. Seriously who could possibly fill the shoes of Mandy Patinkin as Inigo Montoya? The role is iconic and Patinkin’s portrayal of Inigo is, similarly, iconic. The same goes for Fezzik, Vizzini, The Miracle Max, The Impressive Clergyman, The Albino, Count Rugen, Humperdink, the list goes on.

Inconceivable!

Anyone who attempts those roles is indeed brave to the point of foolishness. Nothing good can possibly come of an attempt to reimagine these iconic roles. Any attempt to do so will fail on the basis that:

  • The role will require such a reimagining that it will be unrecognisable; or
  • The attempt to recreate the original will pale next to the authentic original and will risk becoming an homage but an inferior attempt or worse still a parody of the original or worse even than that an unintended parody!

Bravery in role selection is something to be applauded when it comes off but it has to have the possibility of coming off in order to be a viable proposition.  ‘Bravery‘ under other circumstances isn’t bravery at all but rather is foolishness.  Whoever puts their hands up for the iconic roles in the remake really needs to have their heads examined because they risk becoming a joke or at the very least the but of many, many jokes.

The only possible result for this enterprise is to become another Psycho or Alfie and to sink utterly without trace taking all aboard with it to the dark cold depths of movie ignominy and enforced, involuntary anonymity.

My advice to Jason Reitman, for what it’s worth, don’t do it to us, the fans, or to yourself or the cast of this titanic voyage into movie disaster.

Anyway, that’s my $0.02.

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