Although it’s been fun to see some of our favorite television shows and movies revamped for the 21st century—Men In Black, Full House, and Charmed to name a few—there are some properties that should be left untouched. And one such property is the 1987 classic film The Princess Bride. With rumors swirling about a possible Princess Bride remake, star Cary Elwes shared his thoughts about the idea—as did many others.
In Variety‘s recent profile of Norman Lear—who’s credited as a producer on a boatload of comedies for both television and film, including Princess Bride—Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Tony Vinciquerra let it slip that some “very famous people” want to “redo The Princess Bride.”
Um…sorry, but have these “very famous people” ever heard the saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”? Because The Princess Bride certainly ain’t broke, and it’s in no need of fixing, as Elwes, who played Westley in the original film, pointed out.
“There’s a shortage of perfect movies in this world,” Elwes wrote in a September 17th tweet. “It would be a pity to damage this one.”
Diehard The Princess Bride fans of the world instantly recognized this as a paraphrasing of one of Westley’s famous lines, which originally goes, “There’s a shortage of perfect breasts in this world. It would be a pity to damage yours.”
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
Can you imagine a Princess Bride in which Cary Elwes isn’t Westley? Or Robin Wright isn’t Princess Buttercup? Or Andre the Giant isn’t Fezzik? Or Mandy Patinkin isn’t Inigo Montoya (“You killed my father, prepare to die”)?
We can’t. And we won’t! And neither will most people, we imagine.
Princess Bride fans everywhere thinking of the idea of a remake... pic.twitter.com/TvZeYaetPh— Carlota J⚾🐕🐈🐣🐴🌹🌸 (@HobbesCarlota) September 18, 2019
You win Twitter today and all days. pic.twitter.com/ruPD8ci5tR— Jamie O'Grady 🤔 (@JamieOGrady) September 18, 2019
Actress Jamie Lee Curtis, who married Christopher Guest (a.k.a. The Six-Fingered Man), refuses to live in a world where a Princess Bride remake exists.
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
As does Mia Farrow.
Theres a rumor afoot that someone wants to remake ‘Princess Bride’ which is a terrible idea. Its a perfect, much loved movie— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) September 18, 2019
We’ll sling Princess Bride quotes Sony’s way all day, every day, if it means they’ll back off from the idea of a remake.
Goodnight Cary. Good work. Sleep well. I’ll most likely retweet this in the morning.— Chris Shehan_Art (@ChrisShehanArt) September 18, 2019
Since the invention of Twitter, there have been five tweets that were rated the most perfect, the most pure.— Alexandra Erin (@AlexandraErin) September 18, 2019
The one left them all behind.
This would be as bad of an idea as going up against a Sicilian when death is on the line— jason weaver (@jasonmweaver) September 18, 2019