Princess Bride: why Cary Elwes doesn’t want a remake of the cult movie

“Princess Bride” is a film that entered the pantheon of productions cherished by fans of the cinema of the 80s. Its main actor, Cary Elwes, recently spoke on the idea of ​​a remake of the cult film, a hypothesis still being studied. at Hollywood.

Princess Bride : monument of swashbuckling comedy

In 1988, the swashbuckling film was released in France Princess Bride. An incredible adventure, infinitely funny, and which instantly became cult. In its cast, Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, but also Wallace Shawn, André The Giant, Billy Cristal, Chris Sarandon, Mandy Patinkin, and others still. Rob Reiner’s film captivated critics and audiences so much that it kept an intact reputation over the years, even growing, to the point even that the question of a reboot or a remake has always been topical.

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Princess Bride ©20th Century Fox

Already in September 2019, Cary Elwes had declared his reluctance to follow up on Princess Bride, and tweet: “There is a dearth of perfect movies in this world. it would be unfortunate to undermine it.

Cary Elwes speaks again on hypothetical remake

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the British actor, screenwriter and producer spoke again about a hypothetical remake of the 1988 film.

For studios, the cost of promotion and advertising has become prohibitive, so they want to keep costs down drastically. Their idea is that if they reboot or remake, they already have a targeted audience, so they don’t have to incur a lot of marketing spend. So I understand their motivation. But my theory is, if the movie is popular and well done, and people like it, I think it’s much better not to touch it. If a movie has really touched the hearts of the audience, then for me it’s not a good idea to try to revisit it.

Beyond his personal feelings about the quality of Princess Bride and his “untouchable” status, it is interesting to note that Cary Elwes unveils an economic reality that the industry would no doubt prefer to keep in the dark. Indeed, the underlying trend in the production of remakes is not the consequence of a lack of original creativity in Hollywood or the desire to please fans of a film, but above all of avoid the exorbitant marketing costs to promote an original work, which by definition does not have an already existing audience. But in this dream industry that is cinema, the less coldly economic constraints we hear, the better …

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