If, like buildings, movies were given listed status, The Princess Bride would surely be the recipient of the most stringent protections.
A remake, re-boot or re-imagining would be like someone applying for planning permission for a new block of luxury apartments on top of the dome at St Paul's.
But still, a passive remark from Sony chief executive Tony Vinciquerra in a profile of the movie's producer Norman Lear about rumblings of a remake has – and perhaps rightly in this case – got the villagers grabbing their pitchforks.
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“Very famous people whose names I won’t use, but they want to redo The Princess Bride… Not a month goes by when we don’t have an idea coming from some very big name wanting to do things with Norman,” says Vinciquerra.
Cue the abject fury...
Do not touch The Princess Bride.— Rus McLaughlin (@rusmclaughlin) September 17, 2019
Do not remake it.
Do not enhance it.
Do not remaster it.
Keep you damn dirty hands off The Princess Bride. pic.twitter.com/VgbWCnOBUI
The Princess Bride vs. any potential remake. pic.twitter.com/Bs7XPdhcoV— Andrew Bauer (@thedynamos) September 17, 2019
Me: *Hears that Sony wants to remake The Princess Bride.*— Thorin Bloodfang (@_Bl00dFang_) September 17, 2019
Also me: pic.twitter.com/ErmGORMTRx
We no longer have a president, a White House, or a Supreme Court. We’re not losing The Princess Bride too. A remake would be inconceivable.— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) September 18, 2019
When they want to reboot "The Princess Bride" now pic.twitter.com/e0umfME8c3— TrivWorks (@TrivWorks) September 17, 2019
Even US senator Ted Cruz, bizarrely, got involved.
NOOOOOOOO!!!!!! Sonny, The Princess Bride is the greatest thing, in the world—except for a nice MLT, mutton, lettuce and tomato sandwich, where the mutton is nice and lean and the tomato is ripe. They’re so perky, I love that. DON’T MESS WITH PERFECTION. https://t.co/A2lWFlq2yB— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) September 17, 2019
More importantly, perhaps, Westley himself has weighed in, not to mention Jamie Lee Curtis.
There’s a shortage of perfect movies in this world. It would be a pity to damage this one. https://t.co/5N8Q3P2e5G— Cary Elwes (@Cary_Elwes) September 18, 2019
Oh really? Well, I married the six fingered man, obviously why we have stayed together for 35 years and there is only ONE The Princess Bride and it’s William Goldman and @robreiner’s. “Life is pain highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something!” https://t.co/hv33UIZKN3— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) September 17, 2019
While Seth Rogen quickly denied all knowledge.
I would never dare.— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) September 17, 2019
Directed by Rob Reiner, it found a story read to poorly Wonder Years star Fred Savage, by his grandfather Peter Falk, brought to life starring Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Christopher Guest, Billy Crystal, Peter Cook, Wallace Shawn and Andre The Giant.
Released in 1987 to only modest success at the box office, it is widely regarded as a classic, and was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2016, after it was officially deemed 'culturally, historically or aesthetically significant'.