(NEW YORK) — Disney Theatrical Productions is developing The Princess Bride as a stage production — and most likely as a musical, although that has not been confirmed yet. It will be based on the 1987 Rob Reiner film and the 1973 novel written by William Goldman.
The deal to bring the cult classic to the stage was overseen by Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn, who was instrumental in the success of the film when he was at Castle Rock. Horn said in a statement, “My involvement in The Princess Bride goes back to 1987 and it has always been close to my heart.”
Horn added, “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.”
The 1987 film starred Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Andre the Giant, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, Chris Sarandon, Wallace Shawn and Peter Falk. Norman Lear served as the film’s executive producer.
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