Remake The Princess Bride: Bad Idea or Worst Idea?

What the hell?

Apparently there is a remake of The Princess Bride in the works.  Who the hell thought this was a good idea?

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.

Remaking such a glorious film is a recipe for falling short.  Bad idea, Hollywood.

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  • Brownian

    Who the hell thought this was a good idea?

    Uh, the same people who think Spiderman needs to be rebooted at least once per decade, I would guess.

    Why isn’t there an Occupy Hollywood Movement?

    • Alareth

      Actually no, the rebooting of Spider-man is about money. Under the terms of the licensing for the property Sony has to keep making Spider-man movies on a regular basis or the movie rights revert to Marvel.

      Sony doesn’t want to let go of that revenue stream.

      • Brownian

        What do you mean, “No, it’s about money”? What else could it be?

        But thanks for the explanation of rights and Marvel and Sony.

  • Danielle
    • ‘Tis Himself, OM.

      Okay, sweat pumps are back in standby.

  • H.D. Lynn

    Oh, they did voice overs. Okay. *relief*

  • wholething

    A Princess Bride remake? INCONCEIVABLE!

  • Glodson

    Sometimes, ignorance really is bliss. This is one occasion. I am going to give myself head trauma to forget this bit of information, and hope it dies before it can make the big screen. I think the possible brain damage I’m about to suffer will be less than the horrific emotional scars a remake will likely inflict on me.

    And worse, I would have to live in a world where my baby daughter would likely see the remake first!

  • Zinc Avenger

    Remakes Of Unbeatable Screenplays? I don’t think they exist.

  • Nomen Nescio

    we really, truly need that “” joke idea IRL.

  • Guest

    bad Idea, I didn’t like the first version. so boring.

  • http://www, Dave Churvis

    I just let out the most terrible screeching “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!”

    I love everyone involved in this project… but this may be the most horrible, terrible, very bad, no good thing ever in the history of ever :(

    • NJ Osprey

      Please stop doing that. You’ll attract the shrieking eels.

  • WMDKitty

    No. Please, no. Can’t we have just ONE awesome thing that isn’t remade into, well, pure crap?

  • Ubi Dubium

    NO! This does not need a remake!

    What it’s screaming for is a mockumentary on the making of the original movie, on the premise that it’s not fiction, but historical epic. They could interview the original actors, the descendants of Buttercup and Westley, and the modern-day holder of the title “Dread Pirate Roberts”. They could visit historic sites in Florin and lament about how time and notoriety have changed them. For instance, did you know that there is now a Starbucks at both the top AND the bottom of the Cliffs of Insanity?

    • Brownian

      That’s a damn good idea. You should pitch that to someone.

    • MadScutter

      This could be fantastic.

  • kraut

    They might as well do a remake of RAN

  • F

    Oh. I’m glad this isn’t true. In fact, the performance looks pretty cool.

  • NathanDST
  • gwen

    So glad this turned out to be a false alarm!!

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  • Don F

    What DOES need to be done is a remastering of the original followed by its reintroduction Coming Soon To A Theater Near You!

    How does one get that idea rolling with folks who can make it happen? How do we ping Rob Reiner and let him know this must be done?

    (Ubi Dubium, I do like the documentary idea; it is a historical movie, after all.)

  • Johnny Vector

    So apparently what we have here is a test to see how many people comment without reading the thread. This actually sounds fantastic. Patton Oswalt is perfect for Vizzini, and Cary Elwes as Humperdink was a stroke of genius.

    Wish I could have been there!

  • Rawnaeris

    Whew. This is one movie that does not need to be remade.

  • rob

    i hear they are gonna do a remake of Episode IV: A New Hope.

  • John