Remakes, reboots, revivals, prequels, and sequels are all commonplace in today’s film industry. No longer is it okay for a studio to release a standalone film, especially if it becomes a box office smash. Everything has to have franchise potential. And in the case of Sony, the studio has plenty of recognizable IP that could make for some popular remakes, reboots, and revivals. In fact, Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Tony Vinciquerra says that one of the biggest properties that is constantly flirting with a remake is none other than “The Princess Bride.”
Speaking to Variety, regarding a new deal that the studio worked out with producing legend Norman Lear, the Sony exec mentioned that his studio is constantly fielding inquiries from famous Hollywood folk looking to remake some of Lear’s classic properties, including the iconic 1987 film.
“We have so many people coming to us saying, ‘We want to remake this show or that show,’” Vinciquerra revealed. “Very famous people whose names I won’t use, but they want to redo ‘The Princess Bride.’ Some people want to do animated versions of some of the sitcoms. Not a month goes by when we don’t have an idea coming from some very big name wanting to do things with Norman.”
While Lear is probably most famous for his sitcom work, he was a producer on “The Princess Bride,” along with other Rob Reiner films such as “The Sure Thing,” “Stand By Me,” and ”Fried Green Tomatoes.” But for as great as those films might be, “The Princess Bride” stands above the rest as the film that still attracts new fans year after year and is often regarded as a perfect comedy, with endlessly quotable lines.
Of course, that’s exactly why Hollywood people want to remake the film.
Now, just because Sony fields questions about “The Princess Bride” doesn’t mean that there’s active development on a remake, sequel, or whatever. It just means that Sony does take the calls and has listened to pitches. So, before fans march down to the Sony offices to protest, keep in mind that nothing has been announced.
But then again, nothing has been denied, either. So, like always, studios are going to do what studios do best — look for profitable IPs to build franchises off of.