Star of 'The Princess Bride,' and most of Twitter, say remaking iconic film is inconceivable

"There’s a shortage of perfect movies in this world," said Cary Elwes, who played Westley. "It would be a pity to damage this one."
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Cary Elwes and Robin Wright in The Princess Bride (1987).MGM

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By Doha Madani

"The Princess Bride" star Cary Elwes was among many who found the idea of a remake of the timeless 1987 film inconceivable after the Sony Pictures CEO floated the idea in an interview.

Twitter users expressed outrage when Sony Pictures Entertainment chief executive Tony Vinciquerra mentioned the idea of a reboot to Variety in a profile on Norman Lear, who was the film's executive producer. The piece, published Tuesday, only briefly mentions "The Princess Bride."

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“We have so many people coming to us saying, ‘We want to remake this show or that show,’” Vinciquerra told Variety. “Very famous people whose names I won’t use, but they want to redo ‘The Princess Bride.'"

The mere thought of remaking the beloved film brought "The Princess Bride" to the top of Twitter's trends as fans and celebrities expressed their disgust. Cary Elwes, who portrayed the film's hero, Westley, called the 1987 classic a "perfect" movie.

"There’s a shortage of perfect movies in this world," Elwes wrote. "It would be a pity to damage this one."

Actress Jamie Lee Curtis, who is married to "The Princess Bride" actor Christopher Guest, tweeted out her outrage at the concept as well.

"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," she wrote. "'Life is pain highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something!'"

And of course there were hundreds of fans fiercely defending the film online, even employing the use of some of its best and most iconic moments to hit back at the unidentified "very famous people" who floated the concept of a reboot.

They were all hoping Sony Pictures abides by the most iconic quote of all from the film: As you wish.